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    Hello,

    help me with those two words above. I want to know in what stiuation we use them.




    I appreciate it

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    Default Re: literally and ironically

    Quote Originally Posted by billy
    Hello,

    help me with those two words above. I want to know in what stiuation we use them.




    I appreciate it
    Both words are adverbs.

    Ironically means in a way that was completely unexpected.

    John studied most of the night for an important examination. Ironically, this caused him to oversleep and miss the exam.

    Literally means exactly as written or in the strictest interpretation of what was said or written. Unfortunately, "literally" is often used in a way that is opposite to its meaning.

    When the boss asks for you to come to his office in five minutes, he means it lterally. (normal use)

    Even though John came up with the best presentation, the boss literally threw him to the wolves. (usage problem - there were no wolves in the room).

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    thank you so much for the explanation!

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    Quote Originally Posted by billy
    thank you so much for the explanation!
    You're welcome, Billy. :wink:

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    That use of 'literally' annoys me- it literally drives me mad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    That use of 'literally' annoys me- it literally drives me mad.
    I also find it annoying. It literally pushes me over the edge. :wink:

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    That and 'to coin a phrase' as a way of introducing a cliche. <grrrrrrr>

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    That and 'to coin a phrase' as a way of introducing a cliche. <grrrrrrr>
    That's even worse.

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