GCSE English Language
A selection of technical terms with meanings that you will be expected to understand and use in the exam.
- Analogy - Comparing the likeness of two things.
- Irony - Expressing something by using words that mean the opposite (humorous or sarcastic). E.g. grimly gay.
- Personification - Giving an object human characteristics. E.g. the light winked.
- Alliteration - Repetition of a consonant in a phrase. E.g. fat Fred's football
- Assonance - Repetition of vowel sound or using the same constant with a different vowel in a phrase. E.g. cold,
- Parataxis - Use of very short, sharp sentences.
- Simile - Comparing two objects as they have something in common e.g. as white as the snow.
- Metaphor - Comparisons which don't use 'like' or 'as' but say that something 'is' something else because it is
- Imagery - Using language to convey an atmosphere.
- Onomatopoeia - When spoken a word which sounds the same as its meaning e.g. plop!