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Rhetoric–B2: Hyperbole & Pun/Paronomasia

Posted: 2014 年 01 月 23 日 in Rhetoric
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III. Hyperbole

  1. Polly, I love you. You are the whole world to me, and the moon and the stars.
  2. I haven’t seen you for ages.
  3. She shed floods of tears.
  4. The waves ran mountain high.
  5. He complains, and with millions of reasons.
  6. Blood streams down from the forehead.
  7. I was scared to death.
  8. He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of Chinese medicine.
  9. I’ve told you fifty times.
  10. The cheers reached the stars.
  11. He bombarded me with a number of questions.
  12. He is no fool. I should say.
  13. He is no mean opponent in the coming debate.
  14. Man is not born to die.
  15. I was not a little surprised at the news.
  16. It’s no easy matter to repair that machine.
  17. After one year’s illness he was reduced to a skeleton.
  18. He sat perfectly quietly, and never spoke a syllable.

IV. Pun/Paronomasia

  1. An ambassador is an honest man who lies abroad for the food of his country.
  2. Ask for me tomorrow and you shall find me a grave man.
  3. What do lawyers do when they die?       Lie still.
  4. On the first day of this week, he became very weak.
  5. They didn’t write well, so they tried to right the wrong.
  6. On Sunday they pray for you and on Monday they prey on you.
  7. There were a row of young fellows in the street, and a row among them, too.
  8. Finding tears on her coat, she burst into tears.
  9. Customer: I would like a book, please.

Bookseller: Something light?

Customer: That doesn’t matter. I have my car with me.

10. Hotel-keeper: Here are a few views of our hotel for you to take with you, sir.

Guest: Thanks, but I have my own views of your hotel.

 

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