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  • Hi. My name is Rebecca, and in today's lesson, I'm going to show you a number of words and

  • expressions that you can use when you want to generalize about something, when you want

  • to speak about something in general. Okay? So let's look at them. They're very useful

  • when you're discussing an issue with someone, or if you're writing an essay, or a paper

  • about something, you can certainly use these transition kind of words and these expressions.

  • Here we go. Okay. So, here's the first one: "Overall," okay? You can also practice pronouncing

  • them after me, if you like. "Overall,", "Generally,", "Basically,", "All in all,", "On the whole,",

  • okay? So all of these mean that you're going to make a statement which is a general statement,

  • or comment, or remark.

  • So, for example, you could start with something like this:

  • "Overall, I believe the situation is out of control."

  • And you don't have to say this part. You could just say:

  • "Overall, the situation is out of control." But you could add this, if you're saying that... If

  • you want to qualify it and explain that that's your perspective and your view. Okay?

  • You can do that with any of them. "Generally, I think the government has misspent our money."

  • "Misspent" means spent it in the wrong way or in a bad way.

  • All right, here are some other expressions you can use when you want to indicate that

  • you are generalizing about something. You could say: "By and large," okay? "By and large,"

  • it means the same thing like: "In general," okay? Or: "Broadly speaking,", "Broadly speaking,",

  • "In general," or: "For the most part, I feel the storm has passed." Okay?

  • Last one: "Essentially,", right? "Essentially, I would say the crisis has been averted."

  • "Has been averted" means the crisis has been avoided. We managed to avoid it or prevent it from happening. Okay?

  • So, these are the important words you need to know if you want to generalize, and this

  • is how you could continue a sentence once you have used one of these words or expressions.

  • Okay? If you'd like to practice doing this, which is probably a really good idea, go to

  • our website: There, you'll be able to do a quiz on this subject, as well

  • as watch lots of other videos on many other topics in English. Okay? Thank you very much.

  • Good luck with your English.

Hi. My name is Rebecca, and in today's lesson, I'm going to show you a number of words and

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