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  1. Newbie
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    #1

    Take someone literally

    Dear friends,

    Can someone help me, what does it mean " take someone literally?"

    The conversation goes like this

    Me:" Hey Mandy, since you knew that I have an appointment tomorrow. Why would you still ask me out?"
    Mandy:" I think you are taking me too literally"
    Me : "......????....."

    What exactly does Mandy meant to say? Did i offend her anyway?

    Thanks for help!

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    #2

    Re: Take someone literally

    It would depend on the context, and what Mandy said prior to the excerpt. You can only "take her literally" if she's said something, but you don't give us that information. She means "I think you are taking what I said before too literally. I wasn't really asking you out, or, I didn't really mean tomorrow."

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    #3

    Re: Take someone literally

    Maybe she just asked to be polite and not make you feel left out, even though she knew you were busy.

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    #4

    Re: Take someone literally

    Literally used to mean without exaggeration. "My parents exploded" meant they lost their temper. "My parents literally exploded" meant that you're now a orphan.

    But now American dictionaries have started saying that it can also mean figuratively.

    Sometimes I think words have no meaning at all anymore. Literally!

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