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Rhyme 01
"Never smile at a crocodile" is an example of rhyme and probably very good advice!

Rhyme 01

Words with the same sound, such as "sound", "round" and "pound", all rhyme. You may already be familiar with rhymes if you were taught nursery rhymes at a young age: "Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow?"

Using rhyming words when writing is a quick and easy way to grab a reader's attention. In the past advertisers often relied on a rhyming jingle to sell products and help people to remember what they were being encouraged to buy. Modern advertising relies less on rhyme, probably because those used in the past were fairly unsophisticated and a little bit too similar to nursery rhymes, making it seem as if advertisers were patronising customers.

Where else do we see rhyme? Poetry, of course! And were do we see - or hear - poetry? In songs! Music relies heavily on rhyme, so you are likely to come into contact with this feature of the language every day, even if you rarely read poetry. Rhyme unifies lines and verses and makes work more memorable. It is used in mnemonic devices (i.e. "Thirty days hath September, April, June and November....").

Test your ability to spot rhyming pairs with this quiz on the subject.

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1.
Find a rhyme for "box".
Fix
Fox
Lock
Luck
Rhymes are used in songs and poems
2.
Find a rhyme for "sheep".
Shepherd
Sleep
Sleet
Slept
More rhymes for "sheep" include "beep", "keep", "reap", "weep" and "creep"
3.
Find a rhyme for "battle".
Batted
Cuttle
Kettle
Rattle
Advertising companies often use rhyme to get customers' attention
4.
Find a rhyme for "drink".
Sank
Sink
Sunk
Sunken
More rhymes for drink include "blink", "think", "wink", "clink" and "mink"
5.
Find a rhyme for "fire".
Whirr
Wire
Wiry
Wry
These words look similar but sound different
6.
Find a rhyme for "sky".
Flee
Flew
Flue
Fly
Rhymes are frequently used to help us remember facts!
7.
Find a rhyme for "house".
Hoarse
Horse
Mice
Mouse
Use rhymes in your writing to engage your audience!
8.
Find a rhyme for "smile".
Crocodile
Elephant
Fish
Snake
"Beware of the crocodile, even if you see him smile"
9.
Find a rhyme for "crunchy".
Bunch
Crisp
Lunch
Munchy
"Crunchy munchy crisps" has rhyme and alliteration
10.
Find a rhyme for "book".
Creak
Creek
Croak
Crook
Say the list out loud to find the rhyming word

 

Author:  Sue Daish

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