Figurative Language Worksheets

What Is Figurative Language?

You might often think that the English Language is quite complicated. You might be running away from learning new concepts because you think it is difficult. However, there is so much more to the language, and before anything, it is very interesting. Let us take a look at something new today. At its core, the English language is divided into two main forms, literal language, and figurative language. Today, we are going to tackle figurative speech. By definition, figurative language is known as a type of expression that goes beyond the literal meaning of words. Usually, figurative language is used by poets and authors in stories to get a particular message across the readers.

What Is It?

Carefully read the lines of poetry below. Note that the slashes (/) represent line breaks. Determine which technique is being used: simile, metaphor, hyperbole or personification.


Explain your answer. It may be possible for more than one technique to be used.

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See how you can tell what is going on here.

Worksheet 4

You can use a whole bunch of different techniques.

Worksheet 5

These are a bit little in thought.

Multiple Choice - Worksheet 1

Read each sentence carefully. Then identify which technique is being used: simile, metaphor or idiom.

Multiple Choice Worksheet 2

Which would work best for you?

Multiple Choice Worksheet 3

Grandma would always tell me her stories with little morals or lessons at the end.

Underline Worksheet 1

Carefully read each sentence below. Underline the figurative language in each sentence.

Underline Worksheet 3

Promise yourself to put things in order for others.

Underline Worksheet 4

Figurative language relies on comparisons and interesting images to describe something, create interest, or make an explanation clearer.

Underline Worksheet 5

How would I find the best way to identify this thing.

How to Use Contractions

Contractions in the English language are part of informal writing and speaking. These are shortened terms which are created after omitting specific sounds or letters. The most common contractions in the English language include can’t, we’re, I’m, they’re, don’t, ‘aren’t, ‘hasn’t, and several others. Now that we know what contractions are let us know exactly how to use them when writing or speaking. Before you decide to use a contraction, make sure you are aware of the purpose of the contraction you are planning to use. There are different cases where you can use these terms; sometimes, it is not just appropriate to use contractions. The three cases where using contractions are acceptable include; Talking directly to a reader. Writing dialogue in a play or a novel. Creating a slogan or an advertisement. All this resonates with the fact that the usage of contractions in formal documents or conversations is not appropriate. Another thing that you need to keep in mind is always to use an apostrophe when writing contractions. Several contractions hold double meaning; one example is that of ‘she’d’ or ‘he’d.’ Here this can be used in place of ‘she would’ or ‘she had.’ Know this before you use a contraction. Also, try to recognize the type of contractions. There are two types; positive and negative. Positive are the ones that are used when a pronoun is written with a verb. Negatives are ones that are used when a verb is being written with a ‘not.’

When to Use Contractions and When Not To...

Contractions are shortened words that you use together with an apostrophe. It's a useful element and makes a tone quite friendly. However, you can't use contractions if you're writing formally or devising your research paper. The proper use of contractions lies when you're trying to incorporate a conversational tone.