Rhetorical Devices

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A set of notecards to help you identify ways of keeping your audience interested when you write, broadcast or record.
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emotive language

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Words that make us see a certain feeling such as love, hate, anger, envy etc.


rhetorical question

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This asks the audience something but no answer is required; it is used to make the audience think.


triples / rule of 3 / triplets

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This is when you use lists of 3 things to build up an image or an impression.

"You may say it's silly, dangerous and expensive but it remains one of the most popular sports for visitors to Malaysia."


alliteration (or assonance)

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When you repeat a consonant (or vowel) sound at the beginning of words beside each other. It often has the effect of emphasising the phrase or sentence.

"Mount Kinabalu is big, broad and beautiful!"
"Visiting Malaysia is an awesome, amazing adventure!"


dependent clauses

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These are parts added into sentences to add more information or detail. They transform a simple sentence into one that gives the audience a lot more than the basic information or picture. It is enclosed with commas and if you take it out you will still have a sentence but with less detail.

"Malaysia, perched on the edge of the South-East Asian peninsula like the tip of some mighty sword, is a land of wonders."


sensory appeal

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Words that appeal to our taste, vision, touch, smell or sound. They usually help us to build up pictures in our head and imagine we are experiencing what is being described.

"The deliciously pungent, soft, melt-in-the-mouth durian from Malaysia are the best in the world."