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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishmostlymost‧ly /ˈməʊstli $ ˈmoʊst-/ ●●● S2 W3 adverb  IN GENERALused to talk about most members of a group, most occasions, most parts of something etc syn mainly Green teas are mostly from China or Japan. There were about fifteen people in the lounge, mostly women. He blamed his parents. Mostly he blamed his dad.RegisterIn written English, people often prefer to use generally or for the most part rather than mostly, because they sound more formal:Many tourists visit the region, generally for skiing.The inhabitants of the village are for the most part elderly.
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mostlyI drink sugar-free colas, mostly.In fact, Owen was thinking mostly about Zeinab.The people at the theater were mostly college students.Most homes in town get some water in their basements, mostly due to seepage from the rain.The 11 men they arrested were mostly footsoldiers: the generals were among the 12 women also caught.The fog now had mostly lifted.The computer mostly makes the choice.It's mostly old people, which means our communities are dying.I do mostly secretarial-type work.The birds are mostly static, and still shown in profile - a single figure on each page with no background.The students here are mostly Swiss and German, but sometimes we get a few Japanese, too.But mostly the songs are universal enough to apply to lots of people.Mostly, we talk about the kids.He mostly writes novels, but he's published a book of poetry too.
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