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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 Analogies
Here are some examples of analogies:
This is not considered a good course of action; it would
be like throwing the pilot out to make the plane lighter.
Selling lucky heather in these hills is like trying to sell sand to the Arabs.
Similes and Metaphors
The most common form for an analogy is a simile
or a metaphor
. A simile is a figure of speech in which one thing is likened to another. For example:
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- She is as solid as a rock.
- She sings like an angel.
- Her vocabulary was as bad as, like, whatever.
.A metaphor is a figure of speech which asserts that one thing is something that it literally is not. For example:
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- She is a rock.
- As a singer, she's a crow.
- Her vocabulary is worse than mine. Hers is...whatever.
ANALOGIES ARE USEFUL
Used sparingly in business writing (e.g., once in a document), analogies can:
- Be used to simplify ideas.
- Be memorable.
- Be impactful.
Here is an example of how an analogy might look in a business document:
- Plan A would be the most profitable in the short term, but it is building house on a flood plain.
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