What is meant by figurative language? Give examples.
I have to write a dialogue between two friends using figurative language. Therefore, I need to understand what exactly figurative language is and what it includes.
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Figurative language, simply put, is language not meant to be taken literally. "Figures of speech" are probably the basis for the notion of figurative language as a term. Common examples of figurative lanuage would be metaphor and simile but also colloquialisms (aka figures of speech) fall into this category.
Hyperbole can be considered a form of figurative language as well, but will often not be as quickly recognized as being figurative when compared to the more obvious use of metaphor or figures of speech.
- Colloquialism: "Isn't that the pot calling the kettle black."
- Hyperbole: "I was late to class so I was flying down the street in my car. That's when I hit the pothole and now my life is ruined."
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