figurative language and literative language

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Literal language versus Figurative language

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Literal language versus Figurative language


Talking about the literal language and figurative language or you can say that literal language and figurative language is a differentiation in traditional system for examining language. First of all, we are going to talk about the literal language. This literal language basically has concerns with that words that do not vary from their specific, fixed, specified meaning, determined and you can also covered literal language, just like word to the meaning of word and thus saying is called literal meaning. Now, we are talking about the figurative language that this concerns and deviates to that type of couple of words who exaggerate, amplify or enlarge the common and usual meanings of those same words. Now, moving again towards the figurative language and in this there is an involvement of some sort of analogy.

Some contexts and sometimes the words that have same concepts may be involved on the other statements. Sometimes, if you will talk about learning point of view then figurative language can be unmanageable and hard for the students, and the students like who are mentally retarded or abnormal student. The figurative language is applied on the students; who are abnormal, less power of understanding, disability of holding the things and those who are having disorder in their minds, so these students understand with some time. Sometimes they get confuse that what to do or what not to. Even some times they need a support for somebody, who can help them. This all happens when the figurative language is applied. This is why all these changes, modifications, alterations, revisions and adjustments are basically known as figures of speech and for the children figurative language and figures of speech is very abstract.


When we discuss anything so as we know that there are lots of things which on the spot are created by us in our minds so, then we try to prove our points by giving examples. Some of the Examples are as follows:

As we know that when we talk about the figurative language, so this denotes that the thing which it is written in it is not actually according to dictionary. Some \times this also happens that when we say some sentence like 'this park is thirsty' so it does not mean that the park is some person and he wants to drink water. So this is actually what here means is about figurative language. If you talk about the dictionary then there are mostly literal terms are proposed, suggested and addressed. Have a look in the example that 'this time is now to feed the cats and dogs.' In this cats and dog are indeed living organisms but it does not mean that we have to feed them i.e. dogs and cats.


Literal language means the word to word or the ordinary use or standard concept of words with no modified, polished or overstated sentence. While we see to the figurative language then we will conclude by saying that figurative language are very much imaginative, expendable and broad meanings.



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