一般 is both an adjective and adverb that means "same". I haven't found any thorough explanations of its usage. How is it generally used and in what kind of situations?
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[like] e.g. (像)鬼一般 = like a ghost
[normal] e.g. 一般人 = normal people
[average] e.g. 一般水平 average level
To use 一般 as an adverb, you need to place a descriptive phrase before it, and then add an adverb marker 地 after it.
[瘋了一般地][攻擊] = [attack] [like being crazy]
瘋了一般地 is an adverbal phrase
[殺雞一般地][屠殺敵人] = [Slaughter the enemies] [like Killing chickens]
殺雞一般地 is an adverbal phrase
Use 一般來說，[situation], here [situation] is somethings that will occurred generally speaking. For example, 一般來說，這個時間天氣都很熱。(Generally speaking, it is hot at this time)(一般來說，[situation], here [situation] is 這個時間天氣都很熱). So 這個時間天氣都很熱(It is hot at this time) is the things that happened generally speaking.
一般 can mean normal. 這東西很重，不是一般人就可以搬動的。(This stuff is heavy which cannot be moved by normal people).
In addition to the answers.
When you use 一般 to describe “average”, even though it literally means "average", but in real situations, it is a polite way of saying "bad". For example, if A is invited to B's family dinner. When coming back A's roommate C asked how B's mom's cook is. A didn't like it but didn't want to say anything bad about it. So A said "一般般吧". In another case A hate it so much but don't want to be rude, A can say "非常一般" which means "very very bad" but less aggressive.