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English Basics
Volume 3, Number 26, March 29, 1999



Metaphors are comparisons that show how two things that are not alike in most ways are similar in one important way. Metaphors are a way to describe something. Authors use them to make their writing more interesting or entertaining.

Unlike similes that use the words “as” or “like” to make a comparison, metaphors state that something is something else.

Read the statements that contain metaphors in italics. Then complete the statements that explain the metaphors.


1. Brian was a wall, bouncing every tennis ball back over the net.

This metaphor compares Brian to a wall because __________.

a. He was very strong.
b. He was very tall.
c. He kept returning the balls.
d. His body was made of cells.


2. We would have had more pizza to eat if Tammy hadn’t been such a hog.

Tammy was being compared to a hog because she __________.

a. looked like a hog
b. ate like a hog
c. smelled like a hog
d. was as smart as a hog


3. Cindy was such a mule. We couldn’t get her to change her mind.

The metaphor compares Cindy to a mule because she was __________.

a. always eating oats
b. able to do hard work
c. raised on a farm
d. very stubborn


4. The poor rat didn’t have a chance. Our old cat, a bolt of lightning, caught his prey.

The cat was compared to a bolt of lightning because he was __________.

a. very fast
b. very bright
c. not fond of fleas
d. very old


5. Even a child could carry my dog, Dogface, around for hours. He’s such a feather.

This metaphor implies that Dogface __________.

a. is not cute
b. looks like a bird
c. is not heavy
d. can fly




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