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What Is an Analogy? (with Examples)An analogy is the comparison of two similar ideas in order to explain one.
Examples of AnalogiesHere are some examples of analogies:
Similes and MetaphorsThe most common form for an analogy is a simile or a metaphor.
Simile. A simile is a figure of speech in which one thing is likened to another. For example:
- She is as solid as a rock.
- She sings like an angel.
- Her vocabulary was as bad as, like, whatever.
Metaphor.A metaphor is a figure of speech which asserts that one thing is something that it literally is not. For example:
- She is a rock.
- As a singer, she's a crow.
- Her vocabulary is worse than mine. Hers is...whatever.
ANALOGIES ARE USEFULUsed sparingly in business writing (e.g., once in a document), analogies can:
- Be used to simplify ideas.
- Be memorable.
- Be impactful.
- Plan A would be the most profitable in the short term, but it is building house on a flood plain.