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Figures of Speech Part IV

January 3rd, 2010 in Style Guide

Metonymy

The word metonymy means ‘substitution of name’. An object may have several attributes. Metonymy involves the substitution of one of these attributes for the name of the object itself. For instance, we make use of metonymy when we use ‘crown’ for monarch or monarchy. Other examples are given below:

Figures of Speech Part III

January 2nd, 2010 in Style Guide

Antithesis

Here one idea or word is set against another for the sake of emphasis.

Figures of Speech Part II

January 2nd, 2010 in Style Guide

Allegory

An allegory is a long story with a moral. In an allegory characters are moral qualities or abstract ideas personified and the incidents have a spiritual meaning.

Figures of Speech Part I

January 2nd, 2010 in Style Guide

A figure of speech is a unique way of saying something. It is a form of expression that intentionally deviates from the conventional mode of speech for the sake of being more powerful, pleasing or distinct. It is wrong to think that only stylists employ figures of speech to enrich their writing. They are, in fact a part of everyday speech. When we say ‘the story is as old as the hills’ or ‘as tall as a tree’, we use figures of speech. There are several figures of speech and for the sake of convenience they are broadly classified into six.

How to Improve Your Sentences Part III

December 25th, 2009 in Improve English, Style Guide

Avoid run-on sentences

Run-on sentences are actually two separate sentences that have been joined with a comma instead of a colon, a full stop or a joining word.

How to Improve Your Sentences Part II

December 25th, 2009 in Improve English, Style Guide

Omit words which have already been clearly implied

One or more words can be omitted when they are already clearly implied.

How to Vary and Improve Your Sentences Part I

December 25th, 2009 in Improve English, Style Guide

Emphasizing a word

You can put special emphasis on a word in a number of ways. For instance, try placing it first.