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Figurative Language & Expressions - Chapter Summary
Our entertaining lessons make it easy to understand figurative language and expressions. Use this chapter to brush up on your knowledge of colloquialisms, types of irony, symbolism and more. In no time, you will be ready to:
- Determine the meaning of words using context
- List and describe commonly misused words and phrases
- Define and share examples of figurative language
- Identify and discuss types of metaphors
- Provide examples of similes and imagery in literature
- Differentiate between allusion and illusion
- Share the definitions of synonyms and antonyms
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1. How to Use Context to Determine the Meaning of Words
With diligence and intrepid ingenuity, you can use context to ascertain the purport of a word. In other words, in this lesson, we'll find out how to use context to figure out what words mean.
2. Commonly Misused Words & Phrases
The English language has plenty of commonly misused words and phrases, and sometimes they can convey entirely different meanings. In this lesson, we will learn about misused words and phrases in the English language.
3. Figurative Language: Definition & Examples
This lesson introduces you to a variety of ways that figurative language can impact the way you express yourself. You'll learn terms for several approaches and examples of each.
4. Colloquialisms: Definition & Examples
You may not know it, but you've run into colloquialism today. As a matter of fact, you're reading it right now! Read on to find out more about this way of speaking (or writing), along with some fun examples.
5. What is a Metaphor? - Examples, Definition & Types
Metaphors are all around you. They're the bright sparkling lights that turn plain evergreens into Christmas trees. Learn how to spot them, why writers write with them, and how to use them yourself right here.
6. Similes in Literature: Definition and Examples
Explore the simile and how, through comparison, it is used as a shorthand to say many things at once. Learn the difference between similes and metaphors, along with many examples of both.
7. Allusion and Illusion: Definitions and Examples
Allusions and illusions have little in common besides the fact that they sound similar. Learn the difference between the two and how allusions are an important part of literature and writing - and how to spot them in text.
8. Types of Irony: Examples & Definitions
Discover, once and for all, what irony is and is not. Explore three types of irony: verbal, situational and dramatic, and learn about some famous and everyday examples.
9. Symbolism & Imagery in Literature: Definitions & Examples
In this lesson you will learn how poets and authors use symbolism in their writing to make it more meaningful and interesting. Explore how descriptive writing called imagery appeals to the senses, adding to works of literature.
10. What Are Synonyms & Antonyms? - Definition & Examples
We use synonyms and antonyms in language usually without even noticing. Watch this video lesson to see examples and learn how to use each effectively for communication.
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