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413. The question: How can you distinguish between literal and figurative meaning?

The answer: when we know the reality, we can distinguish between literal and figurative. And when we do not know, we can not do it. For example:

 

- It is said: `weight loss tablet. If we do not know that it reduces weight or not, we do not know that it is a literal or a figurative name. When we know that it decreases the appetite, loss of appetite makes you eat less and less eating reduces the weight, we know that it is a figurative naming.

 

- It is said: `airplane without a pilot. When we do not know it has or does not have a pilot, we do not know it is a literal or figurative speech. When we know that it has a pilot sitting in a military base and leading it, we know that it is a figurative name. That is, the airplane actually has a pilot, but because he is not in it, one can say in a figurative sense that it is without a pilot.

27/07/2014  

 

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