Keith Kelly looks at examples of language used in making generalizations from the area of geography; these can be split into three broad groups: quantity, frequency and certainty.
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|word / phrase
|A few large companies have continuously retained economic power in the banana trade.
|a majority (of)
|A majority of small farm holders is finding it harder and harder to survive.
|a minority (of)
|Private enterprises in Russia have recently created a great deal of wealth for a minority of Russian men and women.
|a number (of)
|The river is forced to break up into a number of smaller channels called distributaries.
|Several severe droughts have occurred in the Sahel since the 1970s.
|Trees produce oxygen, which is needed by all living things.
|Demand for housing in Calcutta ensures that every available space is occupied, many at high rents.
|Little level land is available for the construction of roads.
|ManyItalian locations have attractive characteristics.
|Many millions of people are employed in the tourist industry in Europe.
|Most population growth is taking place in the poorest and least prepared countries of
|Much of the material is ground into soil particles, stones and boulders called erratics.
|Over a hundred million people take holidays in the Mediterranean every year.
|Some industries take finished products from other factories to use as raw materials for further processing.
|Egyptians had always wished to control the Nile and its level throughout the year.
|Depressions frequently develop over the North Atlantic.
|People generally build houses some distance from rivers, or on higher ground, to avoid flooding.
|The people who live in the slums are often elderly single men and women who never married.
|Many of the women never sign a contract and can easily be kicked out.
|Streets are normally straight and usually joined at right angles.
|Feelings of boredom and isolation may occasionally give rise to anti-social behaviour.
|The vegetation seldom provides enough rich humus to make fertile soil.
|Rivers in hanging valleys sometimes enter a main valley as a waterfall.
|Land use intensity and value tend to increase towards the city centre.
|There is a general tendency for different city zones to be given over to different functions
|A volcano usually goes through three stages in its life cycle.
|It is clear that different countries experience different rates of population change.
|Describe three probable functions of the town with reference to the map.
|Suggest the soil type that probably exists in this region.
|The farther from the equator a place is, the cooler it is likely to be.
|The workers have a room measuring perhaps six square metres.
|The clay particles remained suspended in the water for maybe a week.
|Suggest a possible reason for the fall in coffee prices in 1978.
|The centres with indoor facilities are not as affected by the uncertain weather conditions as other locations.
|The urban sprawl is unlikely to develop further towards the south.
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