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Synecdoche "a figure of speech by which a part is put for the whole or the whole for a part".
Examples found from Your Dictionarybut slightly changed :. Bread is just a small area of food, but is used to represent the whole. The word "wheels" refers to a vehicle. He bought a new pair of wheels. Again, this is only part of the vehicle, but used to name the whole.
If a country wins a medal at the Olympics, it's common to say that "America won silver", or "France won gold". They are referring only to that country's team, not the whole country, so this is an example of a whole for a part.
Metonymy "a figure of speech that consists of the use of the name of one object or concept for that of another to which it is related, or of which it is a part". Examples also found from Your Dictionaryand slightly changed :. These are both examples of Metonymy. So which are your two phrases?
These are examples of metonymybecause they are standing in for something related to their word. Are these sentences synecdoche or metonymy? May 15, Explanation: What are synecdoche and metonymy? Metonymy "a figure of speech that consists of the use of the name of one object or concept for that of another to which it is related, or of which it is a part" Examples also found from Your Dictionaryand slightly changed : "Crown" for royalty "Eyes" for sight The name of a team for the individual members A well heard saying is that: "The pen is mightier than the sword" "Pen" stands for "the written word" or writing in general.
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Are these sentences synecdoche or metonymy? "Lend me your ears" and "give me a hand." Please explain why.