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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishmainlymain‧ly /ˈmeɪnli/ ●●● S2 W2 adverb  MOSTused to mention the main part or cause of something, the main reason for something etc syn primarily Her illness was caused mainly by stress. The workforce is mainly made up of women. I don’t go out much, mainly because I have to look after the kids. Increased sales during the summer were mainly due to tourism. We talked about various things – work, mainly.GrammarYou usually use mainly in the middle of a sentence: They play mainly on Sundays.People go there mainly because of the beautiful beaches.You also use mainly at the end of a sentence, especially in conversation: I read novels, mainly.It is much less commonly used at the beginning of a sentence.RegisterIn written English, people often prefer to use chiefly or primarily, which sound more formal than mainly:The disease is caused chiefly by poor sanitation.
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mainlyIs Idaho where you grew up, mainly?I was asked to lead the meeting mainly because Kristin is out of town.At $ 2 billion each, the B-2 is mainly built in California and Washington state.This impetus originated mainly from two previously noted sources: the user's immediate family and the police.Farms were mainly in the 10-40 hectare range although there were some larger units.Medical involvement was mainly in the background, but it included expert knowledge of abnormal neuromuscular function and its alleviation.The others are mainly rectangular with cream surrounds and gold material backings.Now I think we're mainly suffering from shock.The company sells its batteries mainly through electronics stores.AIDS is transmitted mainly through sexual contact.We cater mainly to small businesses.My new job's fairly boring - it's mainly typing.
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