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"En general" is an adverb which is often translated as "in general", and "global" is an adjective which is often translated as "global". Learn more about the difference between "en general" and "global" below.
en general(
ehn
 
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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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global(
gloh
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (all-inclusive)
a. global
En primer lugar, debemos obtener una perspectiva global del problema antes de tratar de encontrar una solución.We must first get a global perspective of the problem before we attempt to find a solution.
b. overall
El costo global del proyecto resultó ser menor de lo que anticipamos originalmente.The overall cost of the project turned out to be less than we originally expected.
c. comprehensive
El objetivo de este curso es ofrecerles un entendimiento global de la literatura del Renacimiento.The aim of this course is to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of Renaissance literature.
d. full
Le presenté a mi gerente un reporte global de las pérdidas y ganancias de la empresa del pasado año fiscal.I presented my manager a full report of the company's profits and losses for the last fiscal year.
e. total
Después de todos los descuentos, la cantidad global a abonar es $24.After all the discounts, the total amount due comes to $24.
2. (international)
a. global
Con oficinas en más de 30 países, esta empresa tiene un alcance global.With office in more than 30 countries, this company has a global reach.
b. worldwide
La distribución global de los libros del autor le hizo más famoso de lo que hubiera podido imaginar.The worldwide distribution of the author's books made him more famous than he had could have ever imagined.
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