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  1. Anonymous
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    I don't know the name?

    It's killing me that I can't remember what these types of phrases are called! I used to do them all the time in school. An example of one would be: birds :: nests : bees :: hives. I think that's how they're done. What are those called?

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    Re: I don't know the name?

    Quote Originally Posted by katerss
    It's killing me that I can't remember what these types of phrases are called! I used to do them all the time in school. An example of one would be: birds :: nests : bees :: hives. I think that's how they're done. What are those called?
    It's called a Proportional Analogy, proportional because it follows a 4-portion process:

    Birds = Nests as Bees = Hives

    Birds are to nests as Bees are to hives.

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