Alliteration
'Look at the pretty pink petals' is an example of the use of alliteration.

Alliteration

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Alliteration is when two or more words start with the same letter or sound. An example would be 'crawling caterpillars'. Tongue twisters are often good examples of this way of writing - try saying 'Fred's friends fried Fritos for Friday's food'! The technique can be used in writing and speech to interest your audience, or to bring some humor to your sentences.

See if you can find the alliteration in the following examples.

1.
The ....... ....... are in the middle aisle next to the vegetables.
boxed fish
frozen fish
large fish
pre-cooked fish
Two 'f' sounds form the alliteration here: 'frozen fish'
2.
Are you hungry? Let's find a café for ....... ....... and .......
cakes, coffee, cola
cakes, coffee, tea
egg, chips, cola
fish, chips, coffee
Three 'c' sounds: 'cakes/coffee/cola' = alliteration
3.
The art gallery displayed hundreds of ....... ....... and .......
books pots pans
pots pans cups
precious pictures paintings
prints cups pans
Three 'p' sounds form the alliteration here
4.
The sound of ....... ....... created a quiet, calm atmosphere.
intermittent shrieks
loud shouts
murmuring music
soft whispers
But 'soft whispers' has 's' in the words: assonance
5.
Many ....... and ....... ....... on the river.
boats, barges, bobbed
boats, barges, sailed
boats, ducks, floated
ducks, barges, floated
Use alliteration in writing to make phrases memorable
6.
A ....... ....... ....... took the friends to the party.
broken, down, truck
lovely, long, limousine
really, old, car
red, old, car
But 'really old' has 'l' in the words: assonance
7.
Mrs. Purple drove a ....... ....... .......
red, Mercedes, quickly
violet, van, violently
white, bus, slowly
yellow, truck, recklessly
The last option has 'l' sounds in the words again
8.
Peter piper picked a peck of ....... .......
new, potatoes
pickled, herring
pickled, pepper
rosy, apples
Alliteration makes words easy to remember!
9.
'What a ....... ....... ' is a famous song.
Wonderful Day
Wonderful Thing
Wonderful Time
Wonderful World
'Wonderful world' both begin with 'w' = alliteration
10.
He folded the invitations and put each one in an ....... .......
brown, envelope
empty, envelope
long, envelope
white, envelope
'E' sounds begin words and make the alliteration here
Author:  Sue Daish

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