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Similes, Metaphors and Sensory Language
Where do we commonly find examples of figurative language?
Edward Cullen’s ghastly face was pale.
Edward Cullen’s ghastly face was as pale as the moon.
Ms. Conroy’s mind absorbed every detail of the book, The Giver.
Nick is the best swimmer on his swim team.
Nick is the Michael Phelps of his swim team.
Telling: While John began reading his poem in front of the class, he became nervous.
Showing: While John began reading his poem in front of the class, his heart started pounding. His cheeks, as red as cherries, burned like fire. His hands began to sweat, which left greasy finger prints on his paper. His voice, shaky and quivering, was almost inaudible.
Telling: The pizza was delicious.
Showing: The sizzling cheese melted like butter in my mouth as the creamy tomato sauce dripped down my cheek. The pizza’s pungent aroma of garlic and basil reminded me of my grandmother’s kitchen. My teeth crunched into the crisp, brown crust and I savored every last bite.