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    "I am ______." Figure of speech?

    If someone writes, "I am water" or "I am sky" or "I am science",
    or any other non-sentient entity, what figure of speech is that?

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    Re: "I am ______." Figure of speech?

    It's likely a form of metonymy.

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    Re: "I am ______." Figure of speech?

    I understand metonymy generally. A part or aspect represents the whole; e.g., "wheels" stands for
    vehicle, "crown" stands for monarchy. In the subject case, the writer, although not a part of the
    entirety, claims to BE the entirety. What form of metonymy could that be?

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    Re: "I am ______." Figure of speech?

    That's synecdoche. Metonymy is more generally one name in place of another. For example, I can call my daughter "honey" when she is clearly not edible, except perhaps from the point of view of a Grizzly Bear.

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    Re: "I am ______." Figure of speech?

    Thanks for your help

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    Re: "I am ______." Figure of speech?

    Quote Originally Posted by halday View Post
    Thanks for your help.
    Remember your punctuation, halday.

    In fact, although your appreciation is welcome there is no need to write a new post to say thank you. Simply click the Like button on any posts you found helpful. It means that we don't have to open the thread again to read your new post and then find that it doesn't include any new information or an additional question.

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