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21 Sep 2014 — Literally

 

How would you improve this sentence?

Son returns from military service

I literally had a heart attack when he walked through the door.

 

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1.

I literally had a heart attack when he walked through the door.

2.

I virtually had a heart attack when he walked through the door.

3.

I had a heart attack when he walked through the door.

 

SOURCES 

Burchfield, R. W., and H. W. Fowler. "literally." Fowler's Modern English Usage. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2004. Print.

Garner, Bryan A. "literally." Garner's Modern American Usage. 3rd ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009. Print.

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"literally." Dictionary.com. 2014. Web. 21 Sep 2014. <http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/literally?s=t>.

"literally." ldoceonline.com. 2014. Web. 21 Sep 2014. <http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/literally>.

"literally." Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage. Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster, 1994. Print.