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Grammar Clinic: Figures of Speech

Figure of Speech You might have heard the expression “it’s a figure of speech,” but what does that really mean? A figure of speech is just that – figurative language. It might be words with a literal meaning, a certain arrangements of words, or a phrase with a meaning that is something entirely other than [...]

Some Figures of Speech with Examples (2)

In continuation of the first part of the series which featured 10 figures of speech with examples, this considers the other 10, also with examples. LITOTES A figure of speech consisting of an understatement in which an affirmative is expressed by negating its opposite. Examples: The ice cream was not too bad; A million dollars [...]

Grammar Clinic: The REAL difference between OXYMORON and PARADOX

Oxymoron An oxymoron is a figure of speech in which seemingly contradictory words appear side by side but still involving a point. That is, two opposite words are placed side by side to bring out a point. Examples are act naturally, original copy, conspicuous absence, found missing, alone together, criminal justice, old news, peace force, even odds, awful good, [...]

Grammar Clinic: The REAL difference between SIMILE and METAPHOR

Firstly, a Figure of Speech is a figurative language in the form of a single word or phrase. It can be a special repetition, arrangement or omission of words with literal meaning, or a phrase with a specialized meaning not based on the literal meaning of the words e.g Simile, Oxymoron, Metonymy e.t.c. Simile A Simile is [...]