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"Desprovisto de" is an adjective which is often translated as "devoid of", and "en general" is an adverb which is often translated as "in general". Learn more about the difference between "desprovisto de" and "en general" below.
desprovisto de
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (general)
a. devoid of
Los artículos que escribe Davis están desprovistos de contenido interesante.The articles Davis writes are devoid of any interesting content.
b. lacking in
Vidal es un candidato que está desprovisto de ideas.Vidal is a candidate who is lacking in ideas.
c. without
La calle está triste con los árboles desprovistos de hojas.The street looks sad with its trees without leaves.
d.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Muchos jóvenes en la capital están desprovistos de recursos para comprar una vivienda.Many young people in the capital lack the means to buy a property.
Los víctimas del terremoto se ven desprovistos de las necesidades básicas.The earthquake victims lack even their basic needs.
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en general(
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An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (usually)
a. in general
En general, la gente está desencantada con la clase política.In general, people are disillusioned with the political class.
b. on the whole
El negocio va bien en general, pero no nos vendría mal una inyección de capital.The business is going well on the whole, but we could do with an injection of capital.
c. generally
Los niños se portaron en general bien, con solo alguna que otra rabieta.The children behaved generally well, with just the occasional tantrum.
d. generally speaking
En general, no me gusta pedir favores, pero se trata de un caso excepcional.Generally speaking, I don't like asking for favors, but this is an exceptional case.
e. in general terms
Puede decirse que nuestra sociedad es, en general, una sociedad libre.It can be said that ours is, in general terms, a free society.
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
2. (in its entirety)
a. in general
Yo soy amante del cine en general y de las películas de suspense en particular.I'm very fond of cinema in general, and of thrillers in particular.
b. general
La campaña supone un intento de concienciar al público en general de los riegos de la obesidad.The campaign is an attempt to raise awareness among the general public on the risks of obesity.
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