SarahRTW Posted August 30, 2013 Report Share Posted August 30, 2013 if people only used literal language, it would be very easy to understand. Literal language are words and phrases that mean exactly what they say. If it's the middle of summer and you area very hot, speaking literally, you would say "I am very hot!"However, people don't always speak literally. Most often, they speak figurative, and this is where language gets 'fun.' Figurative language means something other than what it says. Sarcasm, similes, idioms and metaphors are all types of figurative language.The best, and only, way to understand figurative language is by context - the way in which it is used.For example, going back to that very hot day...figuratively you could say "it's a bit hot out side" (verbal irony) or you could exaggerate and say "I almost died of heat" What are types of figurative language that you know and use often? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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