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HYPERBOLE. Figurative Language Practice. HYPERBOLE. Hyperboles are figures of speech that use intentional exaggeration. Hyperboles are descriptive language. Using a hyperbole is a creative way to describe something.

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hyperbole

HYPERBOLE

Figurative Language

Practice

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Hyperboles are figures of speech that use intentional exaggeration.

hyperboles are descriptive language using a hyperbole is a creative way to describe something
Hyperboles are descriptive language. Using a hyperbole is a creative way to describe something.

By exaggerating certain characteristics, hyperboles give the reader a vivid mental picture.

he snores louder than a freight train
He snores louder than a freight train.

No one snores louder than a freight train, but by exaggerating the writer shows us that he snores REALLY loudly.

we stood in line so long that grass began to grow on our shoes
We stood in line so long that grass began to grow on our shoes.

No one stands still long enough to watch grass grow, but this hyperbole shows us that they had waited in line a VERY long time.

i would die of embarrassment
I would die of embarrassment.

Some hyperboles have been used so many times that they have become clichés, phrases that everyone recognizes.

He thinks money grows on trees.

i m so hungry i could eat a whole elephant
"I'm so hungry I could eat a whole elephant!

How do you know that this line from 101 Dalmatians is a hyperbole?

What does this hyperbole mean?

here once the embattled farmers stood and fired the shot heard round the world
Here once the embattled farmers stood And fired the shot heard round the world.

Poets often use hyperboles. This one is in the poem “Concord Hymn” by Ralph Waldo Emerson.

What is the hyperbole in this line of poetry?

What does it mean?

find four hyperboles in this passage
Find four hyperboles in this passage.

Marian wanted a summer job. If I just had a job, she thought, I could buy everything I ever wanted. However, she was nervous about going on a job interview. She was so nervous that she felt as shaky as a leaf on a tree.

After a few interviews, Marian got a job at Dairy Queen. She served up mountains of ice cream. She served enough sodas to fill an ocean. Finally, payday came.

four hyperboles
Four hyperboles

Marian wanted a summer job. If I just had a job, she thought, I could buy everything I ever wanted. However, she was nervous about going on a job interview. She was so nervous that she felt as shaky as a leaf on a tree.

After a few interviews, Marian got a job at Dairy Queen. She served up mountains of ice cream.She served enough sodas to fill an ocean. Finally, payday came.

can you complete these hyperboles
Can you complete these hyperboles?
  • That joke is as old as ___.
  • Our new school is so big that ___.
  • My backpack is as heavy as ___.
  • Her smile is like a ___.
  • He runs as fast as a ___.
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Time to ReviseTry these hyperboles again. This time, come up with your own original ideas rather than hyperboles that you have heard before.

  • That joke is as old as ___.
  • Our new school is so big that ___.
  • My backpack is as heavy as ___.
  • Her smile is like a ___.
  • He runs as fast as a ___.
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It’s Just a JokeSometimes hyperboles are used as a joke or to make fun of something or someone by exaggerating certain characteristics.Example: my sister was so afraid of the mouse that she jumped up three flights of stairs at once.

Complete these hyperboles.

  • My brother is as tall as ___.
  • My friend walks so fast that she ___.
  • That new building is so ugly that ___.
  • That hamster is as fat as ___.
  • His new song sounds like a ___.
hyperbole activities

Hyperbole Activities

Write a paragraph about a typical school day. Use three instances of hyperbole in the paragraph. Highlight each!

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HYPERBOLE

*A figure of speech

*A creative way to

describe something

by exaggerating

Certain characteristics

Intentional

exaggeration