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How can I write a dialogue in figurative language about the environment between two friends?

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Keep in mind that figurative language (also called figures of speech) is language that is descriptive and not meant to be taken literally. Figurative language is most often accomplished through the use of similes or metaphors. A simile is the comparison of two unlike things and using the words "like" or "as." A metaphor is a direct comparison of two unlike things and does not use "like" or "as."

If two friends are figuratively speaking about the environment they might say something like:

The sun is scorching today. (Metaphor)

I am so cold I think my fingers might fall off. (Metaphor and hyperbole)

The ocean is so calm today. It looks like glass. (Simile)

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