#EngClass: Simile and Metaphor

Hello hello, fellas! I hope you are all having a great time this Raya holiday.

Today, we’ll refresh our memory on Simile and take it a step further and talk about Metaphor.

Hold on… Did anyone just asked “Si – APA??” Yeah… I heard that :D

The term is “Simile” and it’s pronounced See-Me-Lee (Baca: si-mi-li).

If you missed our previous discussion on Simile, feel free to visit this web page here –> #EngClass: simile

Before I start to sound boring, let me ask you one thing, fellas. Have you ever compared things and/or say how things are similar? That is when you use Simile and Metaphor.  Check out the following examples:

(a) Fio is an angel;
(b) Melvin’s skin is as white as snow;
(c) Darren sleeps like a log.

As you can see, all three examples in the previous tweet compared something (my niece & nephews) with something.

A simile means to say that something IS LIKE another something. In the case of simile, we often use “like” and “as+adj+as+noun”.

After reading the tweet right before this, can yo guess which of the three example is a simile? Tips: Look out for the key words.

That’s right! Two of the examples are similes! Did you spot the “like” and “as” in (b) and (c)?

(c) Darren sleeps LIKE a log. The sentence compared the resemblance of the way Darren sleeps to a log. Not that he looks like a log. But once he sleeps, it’s hard to wake him up.

(b) Melvin’s skin is AS white AS snow. The sentence compared the resemblance of Melvin’s skin color (note: as white as) to snow.

Those were similes, fellas! On to the next part. It’s Metaphor (Baca: me-ta-for). As with simile, metaphor too compares things.

What’s the difference? A metaphor compares two objects or things without using the words “like” or “as”. A metaphor means to say that something is some other thing. *Okay. I’m confusing y’all* … Look at example (a).

(a) Fio is an angel. The sentence compared Fio to an angel. Now, here’s another difference between Simile and Metaphor…. What was being compared? Was it Fio’s good look that resembles an angel? Or was it Fio’s kind heart? You couldn’t be sure.

Which one’s better? It’s up to you, fellas. Want to be more specific? Use simile. Want to compare in a global way? Use Metaphor.

Well, I hope you have a better understanding of Simile and Metaphor now. That’d be all for today. Have a nice holiday, everyone! XOXO

Compiled and written by @Miss_Qiak at @EnglishTips4U on August 10, 2013

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