In today’s 925 English video lesson, we’re going to learn how to make generalizations in English.
Don’t you hate it when people say things like “Americans are rude”? I mean, not all Americans are rude. And people in other countries are rude too. It’s simply not helpful to say something is true of a whole group of people. When it’s negative like that, it feels wrong.
But it can be helpful to describe a group of people, as long as we are clear that it’s not everyone we’re talking about. We call this a “generalization.” For example, “many of my friends work in finance.” I’m making a “generalization” about my friends. And it doesn’t have to be people. If I say “most of our online sales come from Europe,” I’m generalizing about sales.Members: PDF Transcript | Lesson Module | Quiz | MP3 Audio