General Writing and Grammar Help/Figure of Speech Example.


Dear Martha

What could be the Figure of speech in the following sentence given below ?.

"My Close friend who is in the Business of Supplying Gym Equipment
had never been to Gymnasium himself for exercising"

Could the above sentence can have a figure of speech viz paradox, hyperbole, pun, climax, metaphor etc ?

Awaiting your reply,

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

=Paradox= would be the best choice from your list.  =Irony= is the best description, but it is not on your list; =irony= is not a figure of speech, however!


If you wouldn't mind, I'd like to correct some things in your sentence.

First, capitalization:

1.  Proper names (I, people, books/play titles, ships, cities, countries, etc.) are capitalized, no matter where in the sentence they occur.

I am going to Jakarta tomorrow.
Jakarta is my destination tomorrow.

2.  All first words in a sentence are capitalized.  It doesn't matter if they are proper names or not.

Let's eat ice cream.
I'd like to eat ice cream.
Ice cream is a delicious treat.
Where is the ice cream?
Does Rahul have ice cream?


My Close friend who is in the Business of Supplying Gym Equipment
had never been to Gymnasium himself for exercising

My close friend who is in the business of supplying gym equipment
had never been to gymnasium himself for exercising.


Next, punctuation:

You need a few extra punctuation marks.

My close friend, who is in the business of supplying gym equipment,
had never been to gymnasium himself for exercising.


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