Literal and Nonliteral Meanings Worksheets:
Leggy Sayings - Find the matching meanings across this sheet. An idiom is a phrase that means something different than the sum of the words that
comprise it. Read each idiom and find its meaning. Write its letter on the line.
The Fishing Trip - Where is the figurative language in this reading passage? Write each instance that you find on a line below, along
with a brief description of its literal meaning.
Bucket Filler - Read each sentence below. Is the underlined phrase meant to be
understood literally or figuratively? If the phrase is meant to be understood figuratively,
write the number of the sentence and the phrase on a line inside the bucket.
A Walk in the Garden - Read the story. Then fill out the chart to show what is being personified and what human trait or quality it has been given.
Literal | Non-literal Meanings - Reach each sentence below. Are the words meant to be taken literally or figuratively? If the sentence is meant to be taken literally, do nothing.
Literal or Figurative? - Read each set of sentences below. Decide if the underlined word or phrase is used literally or figuratively. Write an L for literal or an F for figurative beside each sentence.
Idioms - Underline the idiom in each sentence. Then write its meaning on the line.
Idioms 2 - The sentences contain some common idioms. Fill in the blank for each idiom, choosing from the words provided.
Playtime Poems - Which poem should be taken literally? . In the poem Make Believe #2, what is the reader supposed to understand that the dog is doing? What
is the dog actually doing?
Flowery Similes - Underline the similes in this poem. Rewrite the first two lines of this poem using literal language.
What In The World? - People learning English as a second language often have trouble because there are so many phrases in English that don't actually mean what the words themselves mean.