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Definition: (adv) normally, if all goes as expected

Je me lève normalement à 7h00 - I normally get up at 7am.

Normalement, on devrait partir dans 10 minutes - We are supposed to leave in 10 minutes (if all goes well).

Related: normal - normal, natural

Normalement is a semi-false cognate. While it can mean "normally," it is often used in a more figurative sense, as in "usually" or "it's expected." For example, it was 12:15 and I was waiting to join a tour group in a wine cave. The proprietor said, "Normalement, ils doivent arriver à midi." In English, using "normally" here would make it sound like this group visits the cave regularly at noon, whereas what she meant was "They were supposed to be here at noon."

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Pronunciation: [nuhr mal ma(n)]Audio Link
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