Making Generalizations

English phrases to compare

When making generalizations it is wise to use the following phrases listed according to their level of formality. I’ll start with the most formal ones (f) and then semi-formal (sf) and informal (i):

F: There is a tendency for X (not) to …

F: X has a tendency (not) to …

SF: Y tends (not) to  …

SF: Z appears to …

I: X seems to …

I: In most cases, …./ Generally speaking, …/ On the whole, …

A great set of topics to incorporate the generalization phrases is as follows:

  • Your own nationality and the way of life in your country
  • What it is like to be a teenager
  • Politicians

 

English Phrases in Situations

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