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Literally and Figuratively

13/03/17 Literally vs. Figuratively

Literally and Figuratively

Something literally means exactly what the words say it means (think literature). Literally is used illiteraly when employed as an intensifier <the defendant was literally sweating bullets [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][read was sweating bullets] as the verdict was read.>
In the example, the defendant was figuratively (metaphorically) sweating bullets, although you would never write it that way – just omit literally when it’s really not literal.



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