Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

a (wide) variety of

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Meaning(s)
1) many/a lot of different sth
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • variety of reasons/ways to do sth
  • Analysis
     A 'wide variety' of items is an expression that has a positive connotation with choices of objects or the selection of things on offer. If somewhere has a wide variety, it means you have a lot of choices when it comes to making a decision: "I recommend this car dealer. They always have a wide variety of second-hand cars to choose from." You might hear this used in reviews of businesses or restaurants to talk about the 'wide variety of food or products on offer.' In advertising, it can be used to boast about the number of items for sale. Similar to a 'vast selection' or a 'wide array'.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. There is not just one reason for poverty in the world. There are a variety of reasons.
    2. There are a wide variety of cultures in the world.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. We have a wide variety of insurance packages to protect you in any eventuality.
    2. We have tested a variety of software solutions and have decided that this one is the best fit for our needs at the moment.
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