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
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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