My friend thinks the phrase "I am a fast tiger" is a metaphor, is he correct? He also reffered to something that was not a hard rock as "a hard rock", does that also count as a metaphor? Thanks in advance.
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Yes, "I am a fast tiger" is a metaphor, as is "it is a hard rock", because it is a non-literal comparison (i.e. your friend is not literally a fast tiger) not using "like", "as", or some other word to explicitly indicate that it's not literal.
If your friend had said "I am like a fast tiger", that would be a simile, because it uses "like" to indicate that it's not a literal comparison.
Just because a statement uses "like" or "as", though, doesn't mean it's a metaphor or a simile, if I'm not mistaken. Statements such as "I am fast like a tiger" or "I am as fast as a tiger" could be either metaphor or simile, depending on the intent - is he actually saying that he can physically move quickly, or using it in some other sense such as quick thinking?