Questions tagged [metonyms]

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Is saying “The President did…” an example of a metonym?

Is it a metonym to say that the president did something, when in reality it was his administration that did it? Update: Every example of one that I've come across uses an inanimate object as a ...
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What is 'decreased activity' an example of?

People use decreased activity (for example) where decrease in activity would be more literally correct. For example, reasons for my decreased activity usually refers to reasons for a decrease, not to ...