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 The only real mistake is the one  from which we learn nothing. --  John Powell

 Keep away from people who try to  belittle your ambitions. Small people  always do that, but the really great  ones make you feel that you too,  can become great.
 --Mark Twain

 Impossible is a word to be found  only in the dictionary of fools.

 "I won't say ours was a tough  school, but we had our own coroner.  We used to write essays like: What  I'm going to be if I grow up."
 Lenny Bruce .


English - S1 Homework (Advanced) Figures of Speech 1

S1 English Homework. Exercise 18

Figures of Speech – Sheet 2


We use types of phrases in English called ‘Figures of Speech' to make writing more interesting and vivid.

Simile. A simile compares two things to show how they are similar in some way. However, the things are not actually the same. A simile always contains the words ‘like' or ‘as'.

E.g. He was as strong as a lion.

The material of her dress was white like snow.


Metaphor A metaphor is like a simile except it does not use the words ‘like' or ‘as'. It says something is something else.

E.g. The boy was a lion in the fight. (he fought like a lion.)

The sea is a mirror reflecting the sun.


Personification This is also known as personal metaphor. It is when a non-human thing is given human characteristics.

E.g. The chair groaned when the fat lady sat down.

The trees whispered in the breeze.

Read the following figures of speech carefully. Write down what type each one is.

  1. The door sighed as it closed.
  2. The man was as strong as an ox.
  3. His face was red like fire.
  4. The road was a ribbon of moonlight.

  5. The oak tree looked into my bedroom window.
  6. The beggar sat slumped like a half-filled sack.
  7. His beard was a bristled brush.
  8. The pregnant lady's stomach was round like a beach ball.
  9. It is raining cats and dogs.
  10. The train whistled as it passed the station.


Mrs D. Thomson