Take An Example

By Maeve Maddox

The following comment got me thinking about the ways example is used:

I hope we all can take an example from Shakespeare, and dare to break the structured guidelines.

Since the writer was talking about Shakespeare the writer and not “Shakespeare” the works, a more accurate wording would have been:

I hope we all can take Shakespeare as an example, and dare to break the structured guidelines.

Alternately, the writer could have written:

I hope we all can take Shakespeare as our example, and dare to break the structured guidelines.

Here are some expressions that use example.

for example: I like fruit, for example, strawberries, kiwi, and blueberries.

by way of example: Let’s take the works of George Eliot by way of example.

to make an example {of a person) : The captain made an example of the thief by ordering a punishment of ten lashes.

to set an example: People in positions of governmental power ought to set an example for honesty.

to take example: Take example from the life of Samuel Johnson and be kind to the helpless.

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3 Responses to “Take An Example”

  • PECHILLY

    i want to be perfect in writting a novel and a script. how do i do it?

  • Maeve

    Pechilly,
    The same way you get to Carnegie Hall: practice, practice, practice.

    For the purely technical aspects of writing, review your basic grammar skills. To furnish your mind, read as widely as possible. To acclimate your mind to what is selling, read the published works most like the ones you want to write. For emotional support, find or form a writers’ critique group. And to get a realistic view of what writing for publication entails, talk to other writers at workshops and conferences.

  • Raul Lopez

    I want to tell a Story of my life, left by parents whe i was 6 months old, never met them until i was 15, but never knew abotu them till that age, raised by a young aunt (15) that always complained she had to pay for others mistakes, abused me, was bitting me for any little thing, punching me on the face, etc. Came to the States with mother, she admited she never loved me n never would, kicked me out the house after a month in the States, i was fifteen years old had to live in three or four different places where i always got kicked out for any reason, i worked and went to School, had to get out two times for economically reasons, Gradated, Life Started to look a little better, got a job as a Truck Driver, a work day my team driver was driving, i was resting, he fell a sleep, crashed, we almost died, i los a leg, almost lost an arm, broke my spine, comma for a month etc, now i got no friends no family, just me my self and I, and i am STRONG! and i will get up, and that would be my story, the end would be gettin up from my biggest fall.

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