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    Take ...for example+ punctuation

    Hi,everyone.
    Please tell me whether sentences like "Take myself for example" are treated as a complete sentence and thus concluded with a period or they are taken as part of a longer sentence? For instance, shall we write
    "Take my brother for example. He dropped out of school when Ihe was in Grade Five."
    or
    "Take my brother for example, he dropped out of school when he was in Grade Five."
    or
    "Take my brother for example: he dropped out of school when he was in Grade Five."
    or
    "Take my brother for example---he dropped out of school when he was in Grade Five"?

    I also have two related questions:
    a. Can we say "Take ... as an example"?
    b. Can we also say "Taking ... for example/ as an example, ..." or "To take ... for example/ as an example, ..."?

    Thanks very much.
    Richard

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    Re: Take ...for example+ punctuation

    Take is an imperative, and does constitute a complete sentence with what you have. I'd say they are all correct, except the one with the comma, which is a segmentation, a run on sentence which probably ought to be separated by a full stop. Your a and b are also all right.

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    Re: Take ...for example+ punctuation

    Quote Originally Posted by ohmyrichard View Post
    Hi,everyone.
    Please tell me whether sentences like "Take myself for example" are treated as a complete sentence and thus concluded with a period or they are taken as part of a longer sentence? For instance, shall we write
    "Take my brother for example. He dropped out of school when Ihe was in Grade Five."
    or
    "Take my brother for example, he dropped out of school when he was in Grade Five."
    or
    "Take my brother for example: he dropped out of school when he was in Grade Five."
    or
    "Take my brother for example---he dropped out of school when he was in Grade Five"?

    It's a command, also known (as noted above) as an imperative. The word "you" is understood: "[You] take my brother, for example."

    "Take myself...." Is wrong. Since "you" is understood, correct forms include:

    - "[You] take me, for example."
    - "[You] take yourself, for example."

    As you can see, "[You] take myself...." doesn't work.

    In other words, even though the "you" is unstated, the standard rules of possessive pronouns still apply.

    I also have two related questions:
    a. Can we say "Take ... as an example"?
    b. Can we also say "Taking ... for example/ as an example, ..." or "To take ... for example/ as an example, ..."?

    These depend on the rest of the sentences. The sentences still have to be complete.

    Thanks very much.
    Richard
    I'm not a teacher. I edit copy and have tutored college writing.

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    Re: Take ...for example+ punctuation

    I think most people in speaking would regard them as two sentences, and give the kind of pause in speaking equivalent to a Period.

    However, since a colon is used to indicate what follows is an explanation or elaboration of what precedes it, then a colon is appropriate.

    I'd go with the colon.
    Last edited by David L.; 24-Mar-2009 at 14:20.

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    Re: Take ...for example+ punctuation

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    I'm not a teacher. I edit copy and have tutored college writing.
    I never thought of "Take my brother for example." as an imperative before. I always saw it as the equivalent of "I will give you an example here. My brother dropped out of school when he was in Grade Five" or "My brother is a case in point. He dropped out of school when he was in Grade Five."
    May I ask you some follow-up questions?
    Did you mean that you prefer to conclude "Take my brother for example" with a period over the use of a colon or a dash?
    Are the sentences "Taking my brother for example, he dropped out of school when he was in Grade Five." and "To take my brother for example, he dropped out of school when he was in Grade Five." correct? (My tentative judgement is negative. )
    Thanks.
    Richard
    Last edited by ohmyrichard; 25-Mar-2009 at 13:46.

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    Re: Take ...for example+ punctuation

    I agree with ohmyrichard on that. It is not a command or exhortation, as in, "Come here!"
    It's a variation on, 'Let me give you an example to do with my brother'.
    Last edited by David L.; 24-Mar-2009 at 14:27.

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    Re: Take ...for example+ punctuation

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    I think most people in speaking would regard them as two sentences, and give the kind of pause in speaking equivalent to a Period.

    However, since a colon is used to indicate what follows is an explanation or elaboration of what precedes it, then a colon is appropriate.

    I'd go with the colon.
    Did you mean that you'd go with the colon while the use of a period after "for example" or "as an example" is also correct, but the use of a comma or dash is not (correct) ?
    Thanks.
    Richard

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