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    Boil the kettle! literary device

    1. As a literary device can I say 'Please boil the kettle!' instead of 'Please boil the water in the kettle!'?

    2. What is the name of this literary device in literature?

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    Re: Boil the kettle! literary device

    Quote Originally Posted by atabitaraf View Post
    1. As a literary device can I say 'Please boil the kettle!' instead of 'Please boil the water in the kettle!'?

    2. What is the name of this literary device in literature?
    I don't know why you want it to be a "literary device". In the UK, we always say "to boil the kettle" - it's idiomatic (even though of course most of us recognise that we are not actually putting the kettle into water and heating it up!)
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Boil the kettle! literary device

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I don't know why you want it to be a "literary device". In the UK, we always say "to boil the kettle" - it's idiomatic (even though of course most of us recognise that we are not actually putting the kettle into water and heating it up!)
    Actually it was because of the literary device we have in Farsi, upon it you can use the container instead of the content and sometimes the content instead of the container. For example instead of 'Please boil the water' you say 'Please boil the kettle.' In Farsi literature it is considered to be a literary device.

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    Re: Boil the kettle! literary device

    Quote Originally Posted by atabitaraf View Post
    1. As a literary device can I say 'Please boil the kettle!' instead of 'Please boil the water in the kettle!'?

    2. What is the name of this literary device in literature?
    We also say "Fire up the grill" when barbecuing, even though it is charcoal or gas being burned. I don't know if there is a name for this, but if you have the time, you can check here: Glossary of rhetorical terms - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Is "put the kettle on" the usual phrase in England, as opposed to "boil the kettle", or am I deluded or ancient? :)

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    Re: Boil the kettle! literary device

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    Is "put the kettle on" the usual phrase in England, as opposed to "boil the kettle"?
    It certainly is, in my experience, though as most people now have electric kettles, 'Switch the kettle on' comes close.

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    Re: Boil the kettle! literary device

    I use "Boil the kettle" and "Put the kettle on" interchangeably. I rarely use "Switch the kettle on" but I have no good reason why not!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Boil the kettle! literary device

    Maybe I should have written a more usual example. However would you please give me the name of this literary device if there is any? With some good examples.

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    Re: Boil the kettle! literary device

    not a teacher

    "boil the kettle"

    I don't think it is a literary device, in English it's simply a common way of describing a common action.

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    Re: Boil the kettle! literary device

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    We also say "Fire up the grill" when barbecuing, even though it is charcoal or gas being burned. I don't know if there is a name for this, but if you have the time, you can check here: Glossary of rhetorical terms - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Well, if you consider the "grill" to be the entire device, you are not firing it up. But if the "grill" is the grate upon which the food is to be cooked, then it is indeed being "fired." Fire is being applied to heat up the grill.

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