The UVic Writer's Guide

Paragraphs That Use Analogy

This paragraph develops an idea by means of a comparison with a similar idea. (Note that analogy is a useful tool, but using it can also lead to problems.)

Light and all other forms of radiation are analogous to water-ripples or waves, in that they distribute energy from a central source. The sunÍs radiation distributes through space the vast amount of energy which is generated inside the sun. We hardly know whether there is any actual wave-motion in light or not, but we know that both light and all other types of radiation are propagated in such a form that they have some of the properties of a succession of waves.

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