Writers deliberately compare one concept or item to another to make clearer an aspect of one: learning to write may be compared to learning to ride a bike—an analogy that stresses the part of writing that is difficult to teach but, once learned, is difficult to forget. In like manner, it is hard to explain how the human mind works, but making an analogy to the electronic on/off switches of a computer circuit board may help explain it—at least to some people. Writers use analogies to make clear that which is not.

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