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5-1 Identifying Similes & Metaphors

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A simile compares two unlike things, using the words like or as.
An image is created when you make the comparison.

Sentence: The waves hit the beach.

Simile: The waves hit the beach like a hammer hitting a nail.

 

Sentence: The snow felt soft on the ground.

Simile: The snow felt as soft as a feather on the ground.

 

A metaphor is like a simile except a metaphor does not use the words like or as.  A metaphor asks the reader to picture one thing as if it was another thing.

Sentence: The sea was clam.

Metaphor: The sea was a sleeping giant.

 

Sentence: During the storm, the sea was wild.

Metaphor: During the storm the sea was a wild horse.

 

Tell whether each sentence is a simile, a metaphor, or  neither.

 

Simile
Metaphor
Neither
The mountain is like a sleeping giant.
 
Simile
Metaphor
Neither
The mountain was a sleeping giant.
 
Simile
Metaphor
Neither
The mountain is tall.
 
Simile
Metaphor
Neither
The car is fast.
 
Simile
Metaphor
Neither
The car is a rocket
 
Simile
Metaphor
Neither
The car is as fast as a rocket.
 
Simile
Metaphor
Neither
Jerome is as smart as a whip.
 
Simile
Metaphor
Neither
The highway is like a busy bee hive.
 
Simile
Metaphor
Neither
The office is busy.
 
Simile
Metaphor
Neither
The dog looked like an angry tiger.
 
Simile
Metaphor
Neither
The cat is a soft pillow.
 
Simile
Metaphor
Neither
The cat is as soft as a pillow.
 
Simile
Metaphor
Neither
The horse ran as fast as a bolt of lightning.
 
Simile
Metaphor
Neither
Stacey read the book.
 
Simile
Metaphor
Neither
The storm hit like an angry dragon.
 
Simile
Metaphor
Neither
The ball exploded off the hitter's bat.
 
Simile
Metaphor
Neither
The chorus sounds like the heavens above.
 
Simile
Metaphor
Neither
The computer is as slow as a turtle.
 
Simile
Metaphor
Neither
With all the rain, the new grass was washed away.
 
Simile
Metaphor
Neither
While on the voyage, we were tossed around on the ship like a salad.

 

 

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