"to a map that emerged like a movie screen"  Is this a simile

asked Mar 07 '14 at 17:01 Pamela Gamble New member

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Yes, that is a simile.  I would probably not use the word emerged, though.  That is when something comes forward or rises.  A movie screen usually comes down from above. How about descended

link comment answered Mar 07 '14 at 18:13 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

Patty is correct.  The clue to a phrase being a simile is the inclusion of the words 'as' or 'like' in comparing one thing to another.

He is as crazy as a loon.

He is sly like a fox.


A similar trope is a metaphor.  It differs from a simile in that it equates one thing to another.

He is a crazy loon.

He's just a sly fox.

link comment answered Mar 07 '14 at 19:12 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

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