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Define Onomatopoeia and give examples:

A word that imitates a sound
E.g. Bang, Splish Splash, thudding


Define a verb and give examples:

A doing or being word which has a tense.
E.g. I swam across a lake


Define a modal verb and give examples:

A verb that expresses necessity or possibility
E.g. Must, shall, will, would, can


Define a adverb and give examples:

A word that describes and modifies a verb
E.g. Cautiously, gracefully, happily, quickly, loudly...


Define adjective and give examples:

A word that describes a noun (place, person or thing)
E.g. A popular film, the tallest tower, the biggest maze.


Define a pronoun, common noun a proper noun and give examples:

a word (other than a pronoun) used to identify any of a class of people, places, or things ( common noun ), or to name a particular one of these ( proper noun ).


Describe a collective noun and give examples:

A noun that is a group of things,
E.g. Team, group, crew


Define a concrete noun and give examples:

Concrete noun is a noun that can be experienced through your five senses
E.g. Food, salt, cat


Define a abstract noun and give examples:

Cannot be experienced with your senses
E.g. Love, power, freedom


Define a phrase:

A group of words that can be understood as a unit.


Define a clause:

A type of phrase that includes a subject and an active verb.


Define an alliteration and give example:

The repetition of the same sound at the beginning of words to create effect.
E.g. Great goal


Define a personification and give examples:

When you give human characteristics to something thats not human.


Define foreshadowing:

An indication or warning that something is going to happen in the future.


Pathetic fallacy

The attribution of human feelings and responses to inanimate things or animals.


What is a colloquial?

language that is used in speech with an informal meaning; 'chill', 'out of this world', 'take a rain check'.


What is a hyperbole?

exaggerating something for literary purposes which is not meant to be taken literally; we gorged on the banquet of beans on toast.


Define irony

the humorous or sarcastic use of words or ideas, implying the opposite of what they mean.


Define a metaphor

a word or phrase used to imply figurative, not literal or 'actual', resemblance; he flew into the room.


Define what a monologue is?

a long speech by one actor in a play or film, or as part of a theatrical or broadcast programme.


Define a oxymoron

Where two words normally not associated are brought together: 'cold heat' 'bitter sweet'.


Define a simile

a phrase which establishes similarity between two things to emphasise the point being made. This usually involves the words 'like' or 'as'; 'he is as quick as an arrow in flight', 'as white as snow', 'like a burning star'.


Define what symbolism is

the use of symbols to represent
ideas or qualities.


Define what a motif is

a pattern or recurring idea in an artistic work



The underlying ideas and feelings suggested by a word.


Define slang

Informal words used mostly in speech within a particular social group


Define jargon

special words or expressions used by a profession or group that are difficult for others to understand.

Specialist language not understood by others.


What is narrative language

narrative language is when a narrator or the person telling the story is talking over or interacting with the story.


What is descriptive language

is when you describe or use use language terms to explain what is happening in the text.