12 synonyms that will make you a better writer
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Instead of using “literally”
The word “literally” has a bad rep. It’s often used incorrectly in speech and writing. Have you ever written a sentiment like “I’m literally starving”? If so, you’re using the term in the wrong way. Literally means in a strict and accurate sense without exaggeration. People often use the literally to add exaggeration. It’s best to oust this term from your writing to maintain clarity and precision. Good synonyms for “literally” to use when you need them are “unmistakably,” “exactly,” “plainly,” and “virtually.” Be cautious when using “10¢ words,” however as they don’t necessarily make you sound smarter.