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    Red face Puzzled!!!

    I am always asked the question, whats the diffrence between a metaphor and simile. Well I get them all mixed up how do I tell them apart?


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    Re: Puzzled!!!

    At its rock-bottom simplest:

    A simile compares one thing to another, and causes us to consider some manner in which they are similar (remember: simile —> similar). Often the words like or as are used. For example:

    After hearing her daughter announce her intention to elope, Mrs. Johnson's face turned as white as a wedding gown.

    She was shocked, and her face turned white—almost as white as a wedding gown, which is pretty white.

    A metaphor takes things a step further, and causes us to consider one thing as being another. A metaphor doesn't say that one thing is like another, it says that one thing is another. The words as and like are not normally used. You're more likely to see a BE verb used. For example:

    His daughter's announcement of her intention to elope was music to Mr. Johnson's ears: the wedding was expected to cost in excess of $30,000.

    Mr. Johnson is a happy man, because he's going to save $30,000. His daughter's announcement really was beautiful music!

    In nutshell:
    A simile says A is like B.
    A metaphor says A is B.

    Hope this makes sense. These can be tricky to distinguish.

    Greg
    Last edited by dragn; 23-Aug-2009 at 10:40.

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