One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he was in general an excellent friend’
generally, normally, as a rule, as a general rule, in the general run of things, by and large, more often than not, almost always, in the main, mainly, mostly, for the most part, in most cases, most of the time, predominantly, on the whole
usually, habitually, customarily, standardly, routinely, regularly, typically, ordinarily, commonly, conventionally, traditionally, historically
2‘we want the public in general to understand the public health issues’
as a whole, as a body, generally, at large, in the main
in particular, specifically
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