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In the sense of the word= in the literal sense Are they the same?
Sep 13, 2019 4:44 PM
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A word or phrase can have more than one "sense." Sense means roughly the same thing as "meaning." The "literal sense" is one possible kind of sense. The opposite of "literal" is "figurative." For example, suppose I say "I am carrying a heavy weight." Suppose I am an Olympic athlete competing in the hammer throw. The hammer weighs 16 kg. I am carrying a heavy weight in the literal sense. I am actually carrying a thing, and the thing I am carrying is a heavy weight. Suppose that I am competing in swimming, and I am very worried and anxious because everybody expects me to win a gold medal and I am not sure that I will. Swimmers do not carry weights! I am not literally carrying a heavy weight. But I am carrying a heavy weight in the figurative sense. But, figuratively, I am carrying a weight. I am carrying the emotional weight of peoples' expectations.
September 14, 2019
in the sense of means that something has the meaning. Literal sense means verbatim, so it's the true sense of the word. Astronauts might literally fly up to the sky, but if you use flying high for someone with good spirits, you still have the sense of the word flying, but now it's not used literally, but rather as a metaphor
September 13, 2019
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