1. What is a simile?
Similes are used to compare things.
2. How to make similes
Similes can be made in 2 different ways:
As…as… is used for adjectives (tall, fat, red) and adverbs (quickly, well, badly, intelligently).
It is made by:
- (noun x) is as (adjective) as (noun y)
- (noun x) (verb) as (adverb) as (noun y)
|(n. x) is as (adj.) as (n. y)||(n. x) (v.) as (adv.) as (n. y)|
|He is as tall as a tree.||I run as slowly as I walk.|
|She is as strong as a gorilla.||She does her homework as quickly as her mother eats her breakfast.|
|This city is as ugly as a public toilet.||Terrance sings as well as I do.|
|Isabella and Ryan are as mean as Cruella de Vil.||They are playing as badly as they always do.|
Like… is used to compare one thing (noun, verb or adjective) to another.
It is made by:
- (noun x) is like (noun y)
- (noun x) (verb) like (noun y)
- (noun x) is (adjective), like (noun y)
|Their house is like a palace.||She sings like an angel.||I am fat, like a lazy pig.|
|The students are like prisoners, unable to escape.||My cat sleeps all day, like a koala.||He is tall, like his father.|
|My hair is like a bird’s nest.||I dance like I run: badly.||The car is red, like a fire engine.|
|This film is just like the last one. It is so stupid.||This computer’s fan sounds like a hovercraft.||Her new company is failing, like her last one did.|
Create similes to describe:
(ii) your best friend
(iii) your house
(iv) your favourite TV show