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I’m getting mixed answers to what 一概而论 actually means. What would you translate this sentence as

但是, 我们不能将这位作者的观点一概而论。

Is this the only way it can be used?

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Your sentence translates as:

But we cannot generalize the standpoint of this author.

It is most often used together with 不能 or 不可 (i.e. in negative sentences, observe the 不 in both cases) or even as a noun, e.g. 这样的一概而论: Such generalization/This kind of generalization.

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    or rather, overgeneralize. – Wang Dingwei Nov 26 '14 at 4:13
  • generalization with a bad connotation? – meireikei Nov 27 '14 at 2:11

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