whats another way to say 'literally'

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I'm writing something but I really wanna use the word literally.

the sentence: It is literally used everywhere.

It gives the sentence a lot more oomph, but I can't say literally cuz that's not very formal any ideas lmao
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This will be your greatest friend from now on - https://www.thesaurus.com/browse/goggle
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This will be your greatest friend from now on - https://www.thesaurus.com/browse/goggle
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Sounds formal enough to be honest, because there I assume you're using the traditional meaning of the word literally (as opposed to the less formal one where you just use it for emphasis even though it's not literally true). I guess an alternative would be 'it is used in every single...'.
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Sounds formal enough to be honest, because there I assume you're using the traditional meaning of the word literally (as opposed to the less formal one where you just use it for emphasis even though it's not literally true). I guess an alternative would be 'it is used in every single...'.
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(Original post by vix.xvi)
I'm writing something but I really wanna use the word literally.

the sentence: It is literally used everywhere.

It gives the sentence a lot more oomph, but I can't say literally cuz that's not very formal any ideas lmao
What is used literally everywhere though? Air and water are about the only two things on the planet that are actually used literally everywhere.
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What is used literally everywhere though? Air and water are about the only two things on the planet that are actually used literally everywhere.
Apart from in a vacuum...
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Apart from in a vacuum...
Touché. So is there anything that, according to the correct definition of the word literally, is actually used everywhere?
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Nothing wrong with using the word 'literally' as long as you're using it properly, which in this context you would be. If you really don't want to use it you could substitute it with 'These machines can be found all over the country' for instance.
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Touché. So is there anything that, according to the correct definition of the word literally, is actually used everywhere?
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The word 'literally' is literally used incorrectly almost everywhere...


if you're doing some formal or academic writing you'll want to be sure you're using it correctly.

https://youtu.be/8Gv0H-vPoDc
FF to 2:43 to see what teachers etc think about it
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Sometimes I alternate between 'basically' and 'literally' depending on the context. Both tend to work
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IMO using literally doesn’t add anything to this sentence except an exaggerated hyperbole which, if it is academic/formal writing, would not be welcome.

Depending on what the “it” is that you are talking about it would probably be better to frame it as

“It is commonplace”
“It is used worldwide”
Or just remove the world literally and state
“It is used almost everywhere”
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(Original post by GabiAbi84)
IMO using literally doesn’t add anything to this sentence except an exaggerated hyperbole which, if it is academic/formal writing, would not be welcome.

Depending on what the “it” is that you are talking about it would probably be better to frame it as

“It is commonplace”
“It is used worldwide”
Or just remove the world literally and state
“It is used almost everywhere”
It is so heart warming to see someone with the ability to use proper English :five:
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