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Ivan Fadeev
Posted: Tuesday, February 23, 2021 7:11:01 AM

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Why is it "a similar sense" but "the general sense"? Any explanation?

1 In a general sense, both "regular meal" and "normal meal" convey a similar sense.


2 It is possible to use "mouse" and "snake" when they are used for food and you are talking about them in the general sense.
FounDit
Posted: Tuesday, February 23, 2021 10:58:19 AM

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Ivan Fadeev wrote:
Why is it "a similar sense" but "the general sense"? Any explanation?

1 In a general sense, both "regular meal" and "normal meal" convey a similar sense.


2 It is possible to use "mouse" and "snake" when they are used for food and you are talking about them in the general sense.


This is again the difference between a specific example of something that is a larger category.

You have "general sense", which is the average, ordinary, common use of something, and you can have "a general sense" when speaking of a specific example of that.

Speaking of food is the general sense. Speaking of "a" regular/normal meal is the specific example of that general sense of food.
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