I don't generally talk like that

I don't usually talk like that

To me, a non native speaker, "generally" and "usually" sound the same. What's the difference between "generally" and "usually"?


Generally and usually are synonyms when they refer to the frequency or likelihood of something happening under normal circumstances, or to what is common or unexceptional practice.

We generally go to the beach during vacation.

We usually go to the beach during vacation.

But generally can also refer to a class, especialy in terms of a common attribute, and we cannot use usually there.

When she said people tend to exaggerate, she meant people generally. A tendency to exaggerate is a trait of people all over the world. It is a human trait. But maybe exaggeration varies from culture to culture?

  • Could you please explain with the example i gave? – user64550 Nov 6 '17 at 14:51
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    Do you know what the word syonym means? – Tᴚoɯɐuo Nov 6 '17 at 14:55
  • Yes but. Generally means in the general case. Where as usually means habitually.(most often). So how the hell they're synonyms? – user64550 Nov 6 '17 at 14:57
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    Native speakers often use generally and usually interchangeably. The general case is the most usually encountered case. merriam-webster.com/dictionary/generally – Tᴚoɯɐuo Nov 6 '17 at 15:02
  • If we see practically if something happens more often it is the most common case. So generally and usually mean the same thing. I got it what you wanted to say. lol – user64550 Nov 6 '17 at 15:05

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