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    #1

    be peculiar to / be typical of

    What's the difference between be peculiar to / be typical of?

    For instance: The problem of racism is not peculiar to this country.

    Will it mean the same If I say "be typical of" there?

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    Re: be peculiar to / be typical of

    Typical implies that it is normal in this country, rather than something found in this country and not in others.

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    Re: be peculiar to / be typical of

    It’s not typical of Gill to be so critical. - It's normal that he's not critical.
    It's not peculiar to Gill to be so critical - Criticality is not a thing that could belong to him. But doesn't it mean that it's normal to him not to be critical?

    I misunderstand something, I'm sorry.

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