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  1. JoeMerlion
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    For Illustration Purposes

    Hi,

    Please help me figure this one out.

    Why does so many people write "For illustration purposes" when the only purpose is to illustrate? Is this even correct at all? I mean, since the word "illustration" is a noun, should it be "For illustrative purpose" instead?

    Please advise.


    Thanks,
    Joe

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    Re: For Illustration Purposes

    Quote Originally Posted by JoeMerlion View Post
    Hi,

    Please help me figure this one out.

    Why does so many people write "For illustration purposes" when the only purpose is to illustrate? Is this even correct at all? I mean, since the word "illustration" is a noun, should it be "For illustrative purpose" instead?

    Please advise.


    Thanks,
    Joe
    You are right, it should be 'illustrative', but most often we see 'illustration'.

    The point is that we should not confuse the illustration with 'reality'. The illustration is intended to highlight certain features whilst omitting other, non-essential, parts. By adding 'for illustration purposes only', the writer wants to draw our attention to the fact that the illustration is selective in what it shows.

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