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    #1

    mostly or mainly

    These children are ___ from the city.
    A. mostly

    B. most
    C. mainly
    D. Main

    The answer key is A, but I think C is also OK. What do you say?

    Thanks in advance.

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    #2

    Re: mostly or mainly

    No, "mainly" would imply they are partly (not fully) from the city.

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    #3

    Re: mostly or mainly

    The purist might object to 'mainly', but it's commonly used in this way.

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