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Descriptive Writing Skills

Concept: Writing Similes

What is a Simile?

  • A simile is a figure of speech used to compare two objects that have nothing in common.
  • They are framed using ‘like’ or ‘as’ to link two objects in a sentence to compare two different things.
  • A simile is used to make a description more interesting and imaginative expression.

Examples:

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What do these sentences mean?

a) It just explains that the mother is busy doing various things just like a bee is always busy collecting honey. Here in this example two different things - a human (a mother) and an insect (a bee) are being compared to make the description vivid.
b) In the second example, the comparison is between a girl’s eyes and a sparkling star because the girl’s eyes are sparkling as a shining star sparkles.

Why Do We Use Simile?

  • We use a simile to make a contrast between two completely different things that have a similarity between them. It is a great way to make your writing more imaginative and interesting.
  • A simile helps to catch the reader’s attention more effectively than an ordinary narrative style.
  • The comparison between two things helps to explain the subject vividly and it improves the critical thinking of a reader.
  • We can use similes in prose and poetry both but it is mostly used in poetry. It allows the writer to evoke vehement visual images and emphasize an emotional tone.

List of Popular Similes

Now that you know what similes mean, let’s take a look at the list of some popular examples of similes.

As black as coal. As blind as a bat.
As cunning as a fox. As cool as ice.
As courageous as a lion. As busy as a bee.
As clear as a crystal. As sharp as a knife.
As white as snow. As fresh as a daisy.
As soft as a pillow. As proud as a peacock.
As gentle as a lamb. As strong as an ox.
As bright as the sun. As wise an owl.
As big as an elephant. As brave as a lion. 

Common Mistakes:

When you are using a simile in your writing, don’t forget to mention the common factor between the two different objects. Otherwise, your writing won’t effectively convey the meaning.

Examples:

  • You are as sweet as honey.
  • You are like honey.
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