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What is Consonance?

Consonance is a stylistic literary technique in which neighbouring words repeat the same consonant sound. This is not to be confused with alliteration as alliteration refers specifically to the beginning sound of the word and consonance refers to any other part.

Consonance is used for emphasis or to make a sentence more pleasing to the ear. It is used in every day language, poetry, and literature. To form consonance, we need two or more words that have the same consonant sound in the word anywhere except the beginning. It's important to focus on the sound rather than the letter because it is the sound that catches the audience's attention.

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CONSONANCE CAN BE IMPACTFUL

Consonance is usually more subtle than alliteration. Quite often, it won't be spotted by your readers. So, if you're going to invest time in creating consonance, make sure it's strong enough to be noticeable. Used sparingly in business writing (e.g., once in a document), consonance can: Here is an example of how consonance might look in a business document:

OVERUSE OF CONSONANCE

While consonance can be a great way to make your sentences catchy and memorable, overuse will portray your writing as flippant. Use consonance very sparingly to ensure it remains impactful.


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What is alliteration? What is assonance? Glossary of grammatical terms