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    Can you say: There's literally nothing to do there. Talking about Chino Hills, Cali

    Can you say:

    There's literally nothing to do there.

    Talking about Chino Hills, California.

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    Re: Can you say: There's literally nothing to do there. Talking about Chino Hills,

    In spoken English, you'd get away with it, as you're just shortening "I'm talking about ..", but in written English of course you can't.

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    Re: Can you say: There's literally nothing to do there. Talking about Chino Hills,

    I'm talking about:

    There's literally nothing to do there.

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    Re: Can you say: There's literally nothing to do there. Talking about Chino Hills,

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    You say that "There's literally nothing to do there."

    You have written a well-formed sentence. Congratulations!

    But you have, well, "exaggerated" the situation. (In other words, your statement is NOT true.)

    I googled and discovered that there are beautiful golf courses, nice restaurants, and a library. (It seems that almost everyone who lives there has a high income.)

    So there literally is something to do there.

    BUT I could understand if a young person might say that sentence. S/he would be referring to "cool" activities that appeal to young people, e.g., nightclubs, concerts, etc. In other words, that sentence would mean something like: "This town is boring for us young people."

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    Re: Can you say: There's literally nothing to do there. Talking about Chino Hills,

    No, you can't. As TheParser has demonstrated, it is an incorrect use of the word.

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    Re: Can you say: There's literally nothing to do there. Talking about Chino Hills,

    The word "literally" is greatly overused in BrE. I've lost track of the number of times I've heard things like "It was awful. I literally nearly died!" or "I literally killed myself laughing".

    My grandmother, to my grandfather's dismay, used "Quite literally, darling" at the end of lots of statements and stories. Those statements and stories rarely contained anything which should have been referred to using "literally".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Can you say: There's literally nothing to do there. Talking about Chino Hills,

    And you can get away with using some words wrongly, but if the wrong use of 'literally' catches on, it will literally lose all useful meaning.

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