Figures of speech


Grammarly Writing Support

Figures of speech are everywhere in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Learn the difference between figurative and literal language and how you should interpret different types of figures of speech. (This videos includes examples of similes, metaphors, personification, and hyperboles.)

See Part 2 at for more detailed explanations and many more types of figures of speech, including tropes and schemes.

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VIDEO CHAPTERS
00:00 – Introduction
00:26 – Difference between literal and figurative language
01:14 – Why we use figures of speech
SOME TYPES OF FIGURES OF SPEECH
01:42 – Simile
03:12 – Metaphor
03:45 – Hyperbole (exaggeration)
03:59 – Personification
04:33 – Multiple figures of speech at the same time
FINAL WORDS (bonus figures of speech: irony and sarcasm)
04:42 – Figures of speech and interpreting what you read

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GUIDE
“Interpreting what we read” (THIS PLAYLIST):

Transition words…
The author’s purpose (1/3)…
The author’s point of view (2/3)…
The author’s tone (3/3)…
Irony: Detecting and interpreting …
Figures of speech (Part 1)… this video
Figures of speech (Part 2)…

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RELATED VIDEOS
“About Literacy” playlist:
“Vocabulary” playlist:
“Interpreting What we Read” playlist:
“Critical Reading” playlist:

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REFERENCES
“How to stop being an attention seeker” (WikiHow article):

Etymology of “thick”:

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FURTHER READING
List of figures of speech (Wikipedia):
Online Etymology Dictionary (web page):

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MUSIC

“And Then We Take Them Down Again” by Dokashiteru (feat. Susan Joseph)
“Pink Tape” in Artificial Music by Aryll Fae

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THE NOUN PROJECT ICONS
“baby” by Yo Szczepanska
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