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What is the correct way of expressing analogy? I am looking for the general pattern of something like this:

Kitten is to cat what a puppy to a dog.

I have seen as being use sometimes instead of what. Analogy grammar is a bit confusing for me. What are the general patterns of expressing analogy?

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  • I would use "as" or "the same as", but it is probably a matter of preference.
    – user3169
    Commented Apr 30, 2016 at 5:27

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The general pattern is

something is to something as something else is to something else
something is to something what something else is to something else

Kitten is to cat as puppy is to dog.
Hunger is to food what thirst is to liquid.

In your example, you are missing the parallel construction which is necessary

Kitten is to cat what a puppy to a dog. ( not quite right )

Kitten is to cat what puppy is to dog. ( better )
A kitten is to a cat what a puppy is to a dog.

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  • Thanks @Peter. Putting is before what comes naturally to my mind. But it seems incorrect according to your answer.
    – Thoran
    Commented Apr 30, 2016 at 5:48

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