What does word for word mean ?

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  • 1 month ago

    Word for word means copy the exact words of someone or something.

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  • Lv 7
    1 month ago

    It means every word is copied and used.

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  • 1 month ago

    direct copy or translation.  Each word is translated rather than the entire phrase.  The problem is that words have several meanings and even context matters to the meaning, so just lining up equivalent words in the same order will not make a sentence with the same meaning.  We Americans are particularly familiar with instructions from Japanese manufacturers that are word-for-word translations of those instructions from Japanese originals, and thus make absolutely no sense in English.  the Japanese does not translate word for word.

    It is often quite amusing when they employ the wrong equivalent words.  Usually, though, it is just incomprehensible.

    When talking about making copies of something (one use of the phrase word-for-word), word for word has the same meaning as letter for letter or letter by letter.  It means that what is in the original is duplicated exactly.

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  • 1 month ago

    "word for word" means an exact restatement or writing of words from another source.

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  • YKhan
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    It means some text was copied exactly, with not even a slight change.

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  • 1 month ago

    In exactly the same or, when translated, exactly equivalent words.

    Example: "Benjamin copied the verse down, word for word"

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