When you replace one thing (or idea) with a different thing (or idea) to make a stronger point, you use a metaphor. (Don't compare two things using the words like or as, or you have a simile.)

Printable guide

small image of document
Click to download the printable guide


Metaphors put clear pictures into people's minds, and they make your writing more interesting. Look at these pairs of sentences. Which sentence of each pair puts a clearer picture into your mind?

Examples: metaphors

In each of these pairs of sentences, the second one contains metaphors.