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Similes

A simile is a descriptive teqnique usally using 'as' or 'like' 

eg/ the trees stood as tall as towers 

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Metaphor

Methaphor, a descriptive teqniqe that describes a person, a thing or an object as something else. 

eg/ the floor boards groaned

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hyperbole

A use of exaggeration, for a rhetorical effect.

eg/ the sun scorched throughout the day 

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Personification

Personification, a methaphor describing human feelings to an object 

eg, the sun smiled at the hills, ready for the day ahead. 

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Pathetic fallacy

Pathetic fallacy, a type of personification, where emotions are given to a setting, object or the weather. 

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onomatopoeia

Onomatopoia, words that sound like they mean. 

 

eg, the twigs crunched beneath my feet. 

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Oxymoron

Oxymoron, a phase combining t

wo or more contradictory terms. 

eg, there was a deafing silence 

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Emotive language

Emotive Language, lanaguage that creates an emotional responce. 

 

eg, a heartbreaking aroma of death filled the air. 

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Emotive language

Emotive Language, lanaguage that creates an emotional responce. 

 

eg, a heartbreaking aroma of death filled the air. 

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Flattery

complimenting your auidence. 

eg, a person like you deserves so much better than you. 

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opinion

Your personal veiw point. 

eg, i think we should all be plastic free. 

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hyperbole

EXARGERATED use of language such as, 

it is so stunning, its simply out of this world. 

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Personal pronouns

such as 'i' 'we' 'you' 

 

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imperative command

imperative command, instructional langauge

eg, 'get on board, and join us' 

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Triples

Triples, three points to support an argument. 

Safer streets means comfort, reassurance and peace of mind for you, your family and your friends.

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statistics and figures

Factual data used in a perswasive way 

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Rhetorical question

Rhetorical question, a question that implies its own answer. 

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