Making Generalizations in English

Making generalilzations can be dangerous, but using generalizaton phrases in essays or in a conversation with your customers can be really useful. Let me list a few F (formal), SF (semi-formal) and I (informal) expressions:

F: Something has a tendency  to  + infinitve / Something has a tendency not to…

F: There is a tendency for something to … / There is a tendency for something not to …

SF: Something appears / seems to …

SF: Something/ Someone tends to …/ Something / Someone tends not to…

I: In most cases,…

I: Generally speaking, …

I: On the whole, …

Again, I am giving you a few examples from my business emails, although it would be great to find some essays where these generalization phrases fit perfectly:

* We are ordering only 160 GSM fabrics, because the lighter one tends to tear easily.

* There is a tendency for companies doing business in this part of the world to avoid this specific harbour, because of the frequent delays and strikes.

For more phrases used in different situations make sure to check out our new pages with exercises:

English Phrases in Situations

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