- 01. The players were [literally] dripping wet after the two-hour practice.02. The [literal] meaning of "starving" is dying of hunger, but people often use it to mean they are very hungry.03. The views of the city from the top of the mountain are [literally] breath-taking.04. The runner had to [literally] crawl over the finish line after hurting his foot in the last hundred meters of the marathon.05. There were [literally] hundreds of thousands of people celebrating in the streets of the city after the World Cup final.06. They continue to believe in a [literal] Biblical account of creation.07. Muslims believe the Koran to be the [literal] word of God, as revealed to Muhammad through the Angel Gabriel.08. It can be difficult to make a [literal] translation of some expressions from other languages because the idea expressed is often specific to the culture.09. It seems that every new word I learn has a figurative meaning which is often quite different from the [literal] meaning.10. The culture of Thailand regards the head as the highest part of the body, both [literally] and figuratively.11. Thomas Edison once said that if we did all the things we were capable of doing, we would [literally] astound ourselves.12. I read somewhere that the verb "to love" in Persian is "to have a friend." "I love you" translated [literally] is "I have you as a friend," and "I don't like you" simply means "I don't have you as a friend."13. Mel Brooks once remarked that life [literally] abounds in comedy if you just look around you.14. Barbara Bush once observed that some people give time, some money, some their skills and connections, some [literally] give their life's blood, but everyone has something to give.15. The name Indonesians give to their country in their own language [literally] means, "Our Nation of Land and Water."16. There are [literally] thousands of different kinds of insects living in Papua New Guinea.17. The islands of the Maldives are so flat, and so close to sea level that the slightest storm could [literally] wash away some of the smaller islands.18. For many students in Taiwan, their primary goal is to pass the college entrance examination, and their lives are [literally] filled with tests and exams.19. Maurice Strong recently remarked that what we do in our generation, or what we fail to do, will [literally] determine the fate of the Earth.
Grammatical examples in English. 2013.