1. Comparing Sunshine Simile: Your smile is like sunshine on a rainy day. Metaphor: You are the sunshine of my life.
In general, similes are more poetic statements and metaphors are more hyperbolic ones. If you want to flatter someone you can choose either a simile or metaphor, depending on how extreme your feelings are.
2. Comparing Life Simile: Life is like a box of chocolates. Metaphor: Life is a highway, and I want to ride it all night long.
The words “like” and “as” usually distinguish similes from metaphors. Wondering if something is a simile? Just check for the words “like” or “as” and if you see them, chances are you have a simile.
3. Comparing Foxes Simile: He’s as sly as a fox Metaphor: He’s a fox!
When it comes to similes and metaphors, a few small words can change the meaning of a sentence drastically. Choose your words carefully when you’re describing someone or something using a simile or metaphor, or you just might end up saying something you don’t intend!