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    There are supposedly 18 different types of metaphors,

    is this one of them?

    She hated shopping with the heat of a thousand suns.

    Is "with the heat of a thousand suns" a metaphor? Could it possibly be an adverbial metaphor? Or is it not a metaphor at all, but rather an adverbial phrase?

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    Re: There are supposedly 18 different types of metaphors,

    Quote Originally Posted by donnach View Post
    is this one of them?

    She hated shopping with the heat of a thousand suns.

    Is "with the heat of a thousand suns" a metaphor? Could it possibly be an adverbial metaphor? Or is it not a metaphor at all, but rather an adverbial phrase?

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    Donna
    Yes, it's a metaphor. Yes, it's an adverbial phrase.
    I've never heard of adverbial metaphors, but given the above, I guess it's one of those too.

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    Re: There are supposedly 18 different types of metaphors,

    Thank you for your reply.

    How do you think it fits the definition of a metaphor: a comparison of two seemingly dissimilar objects used to describe something? When I think of something to replace "with the heat of a thousand suns", I come up with passion, but heat seems to be almost a synonym of passion so I can't see that they are "seemingly dissimilar".
    Any advice on how I can look at this apparent metaphor so that it fits nicely into any of the commonly agreed upon definitions of what constitutes a metaphor?

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    Donna
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    Re: There are supposedly 18 different types of metaphors,

    Quote Originally Posted by donnach View Post
    Thank you for your reply.

    How do you think it fits the definition of a metaphor: a comparison of two seemingly dissimilar objects used to describe something? When I think of something to replace "with the heat of a thousand suns", I come up with passion, but heat seems to be almost a synonym of passion so I can't see that they are "seemingly dissimilar".
    Any advice on how I can look at this apparent metaphor so that it fits nicely into any of the commonly agreed upon definitions of what constitutes a metaphor?

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    Donna
    Heat is not a synonym for passion. The primary denotation (meaning) of "heat" is as a measure of temperature or hotness. The sentence compares her hatred (an emotion or attitude) with heat (a physical phenomenon here because it is measured in 1,000 suns). Hatred doesn't have a temperature, so it's a metaphor.
    Similar metaphors:
    A cold smile (the smile is not literally cold); a smile as cold as winter. (simile)
    A warm greeting; (the greeting is not literally warm).

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    Re: There are supposedly 18 different types of metaphors,

    Heat is not a synonym for passion. The primary denotation (meaning) of "heat" is as a measure of temperature or hotness. The sentence compares her hatred (an emotion or attitude) with heat (a physical phenomenon here because it is measured in 1,000 suns). Hatred doesn't have a temperature, so it's a metaphor.
    Similar metaphors:
    A cold smile (the smile is not literally cold); a smile as cold as winter. (simile)
    A warm greeting; (the greeting is not literally warm).
    Perfect explanation. Thank you. *wondering to myself yet again, why couldn't I have come up with that? It's just so obvious.*

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