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    Cool As a rule Vs On the whole?

    Hello amigos!

    My wife and me had bad times but as a rule/on the whole, we´re quite happy.

    Can I employ these expressions interchangeably in this case? Is there a difference between them?

    Thanks,

    Sam


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    Re: As a rule Vs On the whole?

    My wife and I have had bad times but as a rule/on the whole, we´re quite happy.


    You can use them interchangeably in this sentence.

    They have a difference:

    "As a rule" = generally

    "On the whole" = all things considered

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