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What is figurative language?
Figurative language is language that uses
words or expressions with a meaning that
is differe...
Figurative language allows people to
express abstract thoughts. It creates
tone and communicates emotional
content, often ...
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“She was very lonely.”

“Eleanor Rigby, died in the church,
And was buried along with her name,
Nobody came.”
The ability to understand figurative
language helps people play with
abstract ideas.
Example: “I’ve got you covered,” mean...
fried

playing chicken
Figurative language can help link language with
emotional responses quickly and effectively. This
helps marketers create m...
“like,”

“as,”
The Purpose of Figurative Language
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The Purpose of Figurative Language

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The Purpose of Figurative Language

  1. 1. What is figurative language? Figurative language is language that uses words or expressions with a meaning that is different from the literal interpretation (actual words used), often to describe something by comparing it to something else or to create mental pictures with words. Example: “Your smile shines like the moon on a dark night.”
  2. 2. Figurative language allows people to express abstract thoughts. It creates tone and communicates emotional content, often through humor. Figurative language helps reinforce group identity and may help sell products by bringing certain images or cultural ideas to mind. In short, it makes language colorful! more
  3. 3.    “She was very lonely.” “Eleanor Rigby, died in the church, And was buried along with her name, Nobody came.”
  4. 4. The ability to understand figurative language helps people play with abstract ideas. Example: “I’ve got you covered,” means something is protected or safe or that you don’t have to complete something because someone has done it for you. Also, humorous comparisons are only funny if the figurative language is understood. Example: “What did the rug say to the floor? I’ve got you covered.”
  5. 5. fried playing chicken
  6. 6. Figurative language can help link language with emotional responses quickly and effectively. This helps marketers create memorable messages about their product. Examples:
  7. 7. “like,” “as,”

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