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Literal and Nonliteral Meanings

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Stephanie M.T. Seiler

on 19 October 2015

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Transcript of Literal and Nonliteral Meanings

Turn the other cheek.
Remember to not hold a grudge and forgive.
Don't cry over spilled milk.
What's happened has happened so don't be upset about it, learn from it.
Literal and Nonliteral
Literal Phrases
Literal meanings are when phrases mean exactly what it says.

Ex. It was raining really hard outside.

Ex. I will be watching you very closely.
For example, an author writing that someone is a “night owl” is really saying that this person is awake and active at night (nonliteral meaning) rather than stating that the person turns into an animal at night (literal meaning).
Literal and Nonliteral
Words or phrases can have literal or nonliteral meanings.

Authors sometimes use nonliteral meanings in their writing as a way to make a comparison or an exaggerated statement about something.
Literal and Nonliteral Meanings
Nonliteral Phrases
Nonliteral meanings are when a phrase means something other than the exact words in it.

Ex. It was raining cats and dogs outside.

Ex. I'm keeping my eye on you.
Two wrongs don't make a right.
There are lots of things we say everyday but we can't take everything literally. Sometimes phrases can be exaggerated to make things interesting.

Can you think of any more phrases you've heard that don't actually mean what they say?
If someone does something wrong to you don't seek revenge.
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