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A general term can be substituted for a list of objects or events. Here are some examples:

Using a general term for a list of items:

John bought some milk, bread, fruit, cheese, potato chips, butter, hamburger meat and buns.

-> John bought some groceries.

Using a general term for a list of events:

A lot of children came and brought presents. They played games and blew bubbles at each other. A magician came and showed them some magic. Later Jennifer opened her presents and blew out the candles on her cake.

-> Jennifer had a birthday party.

George did the arithmetic problems. Then he did the five-page reading assignment for social studies. Finally he studied the spelling list for tomorrow's test.

-> George did his homework.

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