Saturday, July 27, 2013

How to Use a Simile

A simile is the comparison of one entity to another to signal a resemblance between them. The comparison is accomplished by the used of ‘like’ or ‘as.’

Like a two-prong tuning fork husband and wife harmonized their skills.

After eating the whole pie, she got as sick as a dog.

The girl struggled like an eel, her teeth clenched on her lower lip (Fleming 42).

In the last example, from Ian Fleming's Doctor No, the writer not only uses a simile, but also a nominative absolute ("teeth clenched"). Professional writers strive to combine both grammatical and rhetorical constructs.

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