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"En general" is an adverb which is often translated as "in general", and "los" is a definite article which is often translated as "the". Learn more about the difference between "en general" and "los" below.
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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).
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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A definite article is a word that identifies a noun as as specific or known to the speaker (e.g. the girl).
1. (plural)
a. the
Todos los asientos estaban ocupados.All the seats were taken.
A pronoun is a word that stands in for a noun (e.g. she).
2. (plural)
a. them
Escoja los plátanos que quiera y póngalos en una caja.Pick the bananas you prefer, and put them in a box.
b. you
Damas y caballeros, un guía los acompañará hasta la entrada.Ladies and gentlemen, a guide will walk you to the entrance.
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