Features of English Language to Improve Your Writing – Assignment Work Help Australia

16 Jun Features of English Language to Improve Your Writing – Assignment Work Help Australia

The English language often seems simple in comparison with other languages but most first do not realise that this language is full of strange words, crazy inventions and misinterpretations that become the reason for silly mistakes. Throughout the world, more than 840 million people speak English which makes it the world’s second most spoken language falling right after Mandarin. English is the official language of 67 countries and 27 non-sovereign entities. The English language is as fascinating as it is popular and obviously has its own history and quirks. While it is important to focus on grammar and other theoretical aspects of writing when composing an assignment, don’t forget to enjoy its other side at the same time. To help you with this task, we have compiled a list of features of the English language which will not only help you with assignment writing but also allow you to impress your friends with this advanced knowledge of the language.

Alliteration Alliteration is defined as the repetition of the sounds of consonants that are similar. This is generally done with the consonants that appear at the beginning of the words. A classic example of this technique is the famous tongue twister “She sells seashells by the sea-shore.”Another fan-favourite is: “Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers”. However, the use of alliteration is not restricted to silly sample sentences, tongue twisters or poetry. Alliteration can be used for any kind of writing and finds its most common application for emphasising a point.

Example: The sun sizzled softly on the sea shore.

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Allusion We often make indirect references to a person, idea, thing, place all event that is historically, politically or culturally significant. The person, thing or event referred to by an allusion is not described in detail but we leave it to the audience to make sense of it.

Example : A person acting like Scrooge. In this example the reference is to Dickens’s A Christmas Carol. This line means that the person is acting selfish and miserly.

Analogy When a comparison is used for explaining an idea, it is called analogy. An analogy is more complex that a metaphor or a simile as it helps in explaining something that is unknown to the readers by simplifying it and making use of a familiar example.

Example : “Just as a sword is the weapon of a warrior, a pen is the weapon of a writer.”

Assonance Assonance is just like alliteration but the repetition in assonance takes place with the vowel sounds in the words that are closely placed. The students often confuse assonance to alliteration but it is important to remember that assonance only makes use of the soft consonant sounds.

Example : The man with the tan was meanest in the land.

Euphemism When you say something harsh in a polite for kind manner, for express in a mild or indirect way what was considered to be embarrassing, unpleasant or blunt.

Example : The man passed away this evening. Here passed away is a softer and more gentle way to put across the news of the death of a person.

Hyperbole  Making use of obvious exaggeration which is extreme and is done for making a point. Hyperbole is generally used for a rhetoric affect.

Example : It was so cold, I saw polar bears wearing hats and jackets.

Imagery When the words are presented in such a way that they create a picture in your head it is called imagery. It makes use of a visually descriptive of figurative language in a literary work

Example : I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Juxtaposition When two words for ideas are placed side by side for contrasting for comparing them, desert is known as just opposition. Juxtaposition is a literary device employed for bringing out the differences and similarities between two emotions, thoughts, situations all characters. By putting them together, the writer is able to highlight the details of both for the readers.

Example : “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” – John F. Kennedy

Metaphor In this descriptive technique, a person, things action is named as something else. This figure of speech find one thing similar to another without using words ‘as’ or ‘like’.

Example : The candy shop was a magnet for all the children.

Onomatopoeia When a word in the English language imitates a source of sound for which a description is provided in the text, the word is onomatopoeia. Onomatopoeia was most commonly used with animal sounds but now this usage has expanded.

Example: The bees kept buzzing till the boy squished one.

Oxymoron This is a phrase that combines two or more ideas that are opposite to each other. The combination of contradictory terms in the English language forms an oxymoron.

Example : The hall had a deafening silence.

Personification  When a non-human object or thing is given human qualities, it is known as personification. This is a metaphor that attributes human feelings to a non-living object.

Example : The wind was speaking in gentle whispers as the sun continued smiling.

Pathetic fallacy


Pathetic fallacy is a kind of personification that gives human emotions to inanimate objects of nature. Personification, on the other hand, is a broader term.

Example : “The night has been unruly. Where we lay,
Our chimneys were blown down and, as they say,
Lamentings heard i’ th’ air, strange screams of death,
And prophesying with accents terrible
Of dire combustion and confused events
New hatched to the woeful time. The obscure bird
Clamored the livelong night. Some say the Earth
Was feverous
 and did shake.”
Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Pun When humour is used for emphasising or suggesting different meaning that is different from its original meaning, it is known as a pun.

Example : “It’s raining cats and dogs outside. Be careful you don’t step in a poodle.”

Simile  Simile is a descriptive technique that is used for comparison in the English language. ‘As’ or ‘like’ are usually used in this technique for comparison in this figure of speech.

Example : She was feeling as helpless as a baby at that time.

Satire When the language makes use of irony, humour or exaggeration for ridiculing or exposing the vices or stupidity of the people, this is known as a satire. The function of a satire is not to make others laugh at the persons or ideas that they make fun of. It intends to warn the public, and to change people’s opinions about the prevailing corruption and conditions in society.

Example : “…that for above seventy Moons past there have been two struggling Parties in this Empire, under the Names of Tramecksan and Slamecksan from the high and low Heels on their shoes, by which they distinguish themselves.” Gulliver Travels (By Jonathan Swift)

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