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active voice

when the subject of the sentence performs the action expressed in the verb

ad hominem argument

from the latin phrase "to the man"
refers to an argument that attacks the opposing speaker or another person rather than addressing the issues at hand

allegory

a fictional work in which the characters represent ideas or concepts

alliteration

the repetition of consonant sounds, usually at the beginning of words

allusion

a reference to another thing, idea, or person

ambiguity

uncertain or indefinite; subject to more than one interpretation

amphiboly

an ambiguity which results from unclear use of grammar, giving the sentence more than one meaning because of its structure.
ex: "Good boys and girl" ---> are the girls good too?
"One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas" ---> how
did the elephant get in your pajamas?!

anachronism

use of historically inaccurate details in a text

anadiplosis

repetition of the last word of one clause at the beginning of the next clause

analogy

asks a reader to think about the correspondence or resemblance between two things that are essentially different

anaphora

the regular repetition of the same word or phrase at the beginning of successive phrases or clauses

anecdote

a brief story or tale told by a character in a piece of literature

antecedent

the noun or pronoun that every subsequent pronoun refers back to

anthimeria

the substitution of one part of speech for another ex: "The poet says we 'milestone our lives.' "

antimetabole

the repetition of words in successive clauses in reverse grammatical order ex: "You can take the boy out of the country but you can't take the country out of the boy."

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