Questions tagged [analogy]

An analogy (like A is to B as C is to D) is about how ideas are related. Some exams use analogies to test vocabulary and knowledge of parts of speech.

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“Someone else than me” correct analogy?

Here's an example sentence: I couldn't expect you loved someone else than me. Or something like that, you get the meaning. I tried googling "Someone else of me", "Someone else than me". None of ...
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Stumped by a verbal analogy: “pencil is to sharpen as…”

Pencil is to sharpen as A. knife is to cut B. carpenter is to build C. wood is to saw D. well is to fill E. saw is to ax The answer to this verbal analogy (from here) does not seem ...
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An analogy of “punish is to berate”

I was told this would probably be the most suitable forum for this question. I found this analogy here. The correct answer is supposedly D, but I don't understand why. My reasoning went like this: ...
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What does the phrase “be to Noun” mean?

"Self-schemas are to an individual’s total self–concept as a hypothesis is to a theory, or a book is to a library." (source: Social Psychology by Steven Fein) Subject is/are to Noun. I could not ...
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Metaphor vs Analogy

Metaphor: A figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable. A thing regarded as representative or symbolic of something ...
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Pick out the word in each of the following that is different (Odd One Out)

Pick out the word in each of the following that is different (Odd One Out) Intuitive, initiative, talkative, quantitative The answer is - initiative. PS - I just want to know the reason or the ...
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Pick odd one out from “man, drone, bison, bull”

Part 1 Pick out the word in each of the following that is different (Odd One Out) Man, drone, bison, bull The answer is - bison. PS - I just want to know the reason or the logic used here to pick ...
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famous is to infamous as impressive is to what?

I'm looking for the word that would describe something that's impressive but in a negative way. At first I was thinking "ridiculous" but it doesn't necessarily invite ridicule.
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That car, to me, is what your house is to you/That car is to me what your house is to you

That car, to me, is what your house is to you. That car is to me what your house is to you. Are both the above sentences grammatically correct? Do they mean the same thing?
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What is the meaning of this analogy about mountains and lakes?

Francis Galton once said in his Natural Inheritance, 1890: It is difficult to understand why statisticians commonly limit their inquiries to Averages and do not revel in more comprehensive views. ...
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How to express analogy between two pairs of entities?

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 ...
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What does the phrase “as_____is to ______” mean?

For example: A is a basic thing for B as C is to D. Is it correct? Please explain with examples if possible.
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Is “without” the opposite of “within?”

I've seen the famous quote from Hermes Trismegistus: "As above, so below. As within, so without. As the universe, so the soul." Is without actually the opposite of within? For example, these ...
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Analogies: a special kind of relationship between vocabulary words

I have seen the following in the book "Vocabulary for High-School Students". The book says the fact that the following has some relationship between each other. Nonetheless, I failed to get it. ...
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“As…” Structure

More confusion about the "as..." structure: 1 People affect laws as laws affect people. 2 People view laws as laws affect people. I have a feeling that they mean, respectively: 3 People ...