Education is the Key – a metaphor

Look at these sentences:

Education is the key.
Education is the solution.
Education is the solution to our problems.
Education is the solution to many problems.
Education is the solution to many of our problems.
Education is the solution to many of society’s problems.
Education is the answer that we are looking for.
Education is the answer that we have been looking for.
Education is the solution that we have been looking for.
Education is the solution that we have been seeking.
Education is the future.

These sentences mean roughly the same thing. They are different ways to express an idea.

Key is a Metaphor

A key is a thing that we use to open a door.

When we say “education is the key”, we do not literally mean it is the key. It is not really a key. It is way to get knowledge.

It is the key to knowledge.

A metaphor is when we take words from one context and use them in another context. Key is a common metaphor.

Read more about metaphors on the metaphor page.
Vocabulary is the Key

The Solution to the Problem

Look at these phrases:

the solution that we are looking for

the solution that we have been looking for

The first verb phrase “are looking for” is in present continuous tense.

In the second phrase the verb “have been looking for” is in present perfect continuous tense.

Tenses

Present continuous tense refers to an action which is taking place now.

Present perfect continuous tense refers to an action which started in the past, has continued for some time and is s still going on now.

Learn more about present perfect tense at this link: Present Perfect

Education – Word Family

Look at the words below:

Noun – education

Private education is more expensive than public education.

Noun – Person – educator

Rudolf Steiner was one of the great educators of the Twentieth Century.

Noun – Past Participle used as Adjective

Educated People have more arrows in their quiver.

Verb – educate

You have to educate your children if you want them to to fit in to society.

Adjective – educational

I work for a company that publishes educational materials.

Links to More Lessons

We have to act quickly

Present Perfect Tense

Three Common Ways to Express the Future

Vocabulary is the Key
Necessity and Obligation

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