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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (verbatim)
a. literal
Tom's literal translation fails to convey the underlying cultural assumptions.La traducción literal de Tom no transmite los supuestos culturales subyacentes.
b. al pie de la letra
They say they're following a literal interpretation of their holy book, but they ignore contradictory passages.Dicen que siguen al pie de la letra su libro sagrado, pero ignoran pasajes contradictorios.
2. (authentic)
a. literal
Kenny lives in a literal dump. His house is filled with piles of junk.Kenny vive en un literal basurero. Su casa esta llena de montañas de basura.
3. (unimaginative)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Elliot is too literal; you have to explain jokes twice to him.Elliot no tiene imaginación; tienes que explicarle los chistes dos veces.
Liz is very literal and won't get the hidden meaning of your drawing.Liz es poco imaginativa y no va a captar el significado oculto de tu dibujo.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
4. (printing) (United Kingdom)
a. la errata
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I found several literals in the novel I just read.Encontré varias erratas en la novela que acabo de leer.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (general)
a. literal
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literal [ˈlɪtərəl]
1 [+sense, translation] literal
they follow a literal interpretation of the Bible siguen la Biblia al pie de la letra; to be literal about sth tomar algo al pie de la letra; he's a very literal person es una persona que todo se lo toma al pie de la letra
some Hongkongers were very literal about what they had been promised Dennis is a very literal person
2 (as intensifier)
a literal fact un hecho real
this is a literal fact that applies to every married person
the literal truth la pura verdad
he was saying no more than the literal truth
(Tip) errata (f)
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