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Analogies and Spellings

Analogies and Spellings

Most of us love talking about philosophical situations and make our own hypothesis about events, etc. and while doing so we often tend to make comparisons to prove that our point is valid.

These comparisons do in fact help us as they not only sharpen our minds but also help our argument. Similarly, while writing in any language one factor that we always need to keep in mind is that our spellings are always correct otherwise we might end up mixing two very different words with very different meanings

Two of the most important tools of writing in English is Analogies and Spellings.

Now I keep saying that English is a tricky subject and it is very correct. You see, the word analogy has several different definitions keeping different contexts in mind.

There is no reason for you to worry because in this piece I will be explaining what analogy means in terms of English language and you will never confuse the word with anything else!

 

Analogies: An analogy is a comparison which is made between two objects, people, events, things, etc to show the similarities the two hold. Sometimes when you compare two things they could be very similar but at the same time, the items in question could also be very different.

Here are some examples of analogies:

  • Finding a good man is like finding a needle in a haystack – This analogy is comparing finding a good man to finding a needle in a haystack because we all know that finding a needle in a haystack is a very tiring and hard task. Thus, proving our point that finding a good man is equally hard and tiring.
  • That’s as useful as rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic – This analogy here compares some task to be useful but then that task eventually will have no purpose to fulfill. Just like how the Titanic had deck chairs and they served its purpose but in the long run, having or not having those chairs would not have meant much to the people.
  • Explaining a joke is like dissecting a frog. You understand it better but the frog dies in the process – This analogy constructed by E.B White talks about sometimes it is better when we don’t know too much about things. Just like when we are trying to explain a joke, we understand it better but the fun element of the joke dies in the process of explaining it!
  • That movie/book was a roller coaster ride of emotions - This analogy here means that the twists and turns that the movie/book had in them was just like what we experience in a real roller coaster, where we can never anticipate how we feel or will feel while we’re on the ride. But when they end they leave us with feeling a wide variety of emotions.
  • Life is like a box of chocolates – you never know what you’re gonna get! – This one is a personal favourite of mine, as this analogy talks about how life gives us many choices and surprises, just like a box of chocolate. Where we can never expect which one we will get and just wait till we pick one out.

These analogies help us in our day-to-day conversations as well as when we’re writing a literary piece. Using interesting analogies help you engage the readers' attention too.

 

Analogies and its use are not just restricted to sentences, you can also use word analogies to show the relationship between two concepts.

Let’s take a quick glance at some of the examples mentioned below :

  • tree: leaf:: flower: petal
  • Dog: puppy:: cat: kitten
  • short: light:: long: heavy
  • bees: hive:: bears: den

The relation between these analogies is very simple. Let’s look at the first one, here this analogy talks about the relationship between a whole and its parts.

I’m sure this one example would have cleared all your doubts!

Spellings: This aspect of the English language is what causes pain to most. Spelling words correctly are very important, because if you misspell a word then it is very likely that you will confuse two different words who might mean the opposite of what you are trying to convey and sometimes might not mean anything at all!

Here are some of the most common mistakes that we make while spelling a word :

  1. Correct spelling accommodate, accommodation

Incorrect spelling – accomodate, acomodation

  1. Correct spelling – achieve

Incorrect spelling – acheive

  1. Correct spelling – across

Incorrect spelling – accross

  1. Correct spelling – aggressive, aggression

Incorrect spelling – agressive, agression

  1. Correct spelling – apparently

Incorrect spelling – apparantly

  1. Correct spelling – appearance

Incorrect spelling – appearence

  1. Correct spelling – argument

Incorrect spelling – arguement

  1. Correct spelling – assassination

Incorrect spelling – assasination

  1. Correct spelling – basically

Incorrect spelling – basicly

  1. Correct spelling – beginning

Incorrect spelling – begining

 

These were some of the most commonly misspelled words, we hope that you enjoy this lesson and don’t forget to enjoy your path to mom, Realise every moment.

Quiz for Analogies and Spellings

Q.1

Each question consists of two words which have a certain relationship with each other ,followed by four pairs of related words. Select the pair which has the same relationship.

AFTER:BEFORE

a) First:second
b) Present:past
c) Angry:rich
d) Successor:predecessor

Q.2

Fill in the blanks to fit proper analogies.

son : nuclear :: ______ : extended

a) Father
b) Mother
c) Daughter
d) Cousins

Q.3

Fill in the blanks to fit proper analogies.

fetish : fixation :: slight : ______

a) Flirt
b) Sloth
c) Insult
d) Confuse

Q.4

Fill in the blanks to fit proper analogies.

moccasin : snake :: ______ : shoe

a) Asp
b) Loafer
c) Waders
d) Alligator

Q.5

Fill in the blanks to fit proper analogies.

pill : bore :: core : ______

a) Mug
b) Center
c) Bar
d) Placebo

Q.6

Fill in the blanks to fit proper analogies.

feta : Greek :: provolone : ______

a) Blue
b) Swiss
c) Salad
d) Italian

Q.7

Fill in the blanks to fit proper analogies.

native : aboriginal :: naïve : ______

a) Arid
b) Learned
c) Unsophisticated
d) Tribe

Q.8

Fill in the blanks to fit proper analogies.

particular : fussy :: ______ : subservient

a) Above
b) Meek
c) Cranky
d) Uptight

Q.9

Fill in the blanks to fit proper analogies.

______ : festive :: funeral : somber

a) Soiree
b) Eulogy
c) Saree
d) Tension

Q.10

Select the correct spelling.

a) Eficeint
b) Efficeint
c) Eficient
d) Efficient

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