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  Tips for Writers by Brad Hyde (November 21, 2006)

Learn from the Greeks: Simile

Simile is a comparison of two things different things (usually considered unalike) that can, upon examination, be seen to be alike in at least one way.


Specific Types of Simile

Noun Noun Comparisons: The most common type of simile, usually introduced with "like."

The rainwater looked like tiny veins as it ran down the mountainside.

Our body is like a cage that holds our soul.

Verb phrase compared to verb phrase: In this kind of simile, we use "as" rather than "like."

He always turned his face to towards the sun, much as a flower turns in the heat of summer.

A simile used as an adjective: In this kind of simile, we can use a compound adjective as a simile.

Her face was flower-like in its radiance.

He had an ox-like endurance for boring and repetitive work.

Negative simile: Simile may also be expressed in the negative form.

His smile was nothing like the sun. The flash of his teeth wasn't warm at all.

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