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    generic vs general

    What is the difference between generic and general?


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    Re: generic vs general

    Generic = shared by, typical of or relating to a whole group of similar things, rather than to any particular thing: A generic drug

    General =
    involving or relating to most or all people, things or places, especially when these are considered as a unit: The general rule is that we walk n the corridors.


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    Re: generic vs general

    So what is the correct version:
    You won't get so much from this book. It's very generic
    or
    very general?


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    Re: generic vs general

    Quote Originally Posted by belly_ttt View Post
    So what is the correct version:
    You won't get so much from this book. It's very generic
    or
    very general?
    With books, I would use "general".


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    Re: generic vs general

    I found this when looking for information on SAT books:
    Grammatix

    1. By Grammatix.com, $49.95, 193 pages
    2. Best for: Critical reading
    3. The essay portion provides a very systematic formula. The grammar section is not as thorough as Rocket Review. A different approach to passage based reading questions than most books, many CCers have had success with this method. The sentence completion sentence is supposed to be very good. The same generic math review provided in every review book.


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    Re: generic vs general

    That is the correct use of generic, meaning that the math review relates to mathematics as a whole.


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    Re: generic vs general

    So that would mean:involving or relating to most or all people, things or places, especially when these are considered as a unit
    That's the use of "general"?


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    Re: generic vs general

    Quote Originally Posted by belly_ttt View Post
    So that would mean:involving or relating to most or all people, things or places, especially when these are considered as a unit
    That's the use of "general"?
    I am not quite sure what you mean by "that".

    It is a general truth = it is a truth accepted by most people

    There is a general belief = a belief held by most people

    As a general rule, man does not eat unpleasant food = a rule applied to most people.

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