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    How to use "For example"

    I came across the following:

    Incorrect: Choose from a variety of colors. For example, red, green, or black.

    Correct: Choose from a variety of colors. For example, red, green, and black are available

    Why is the first one incorrect? Thanks.

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    Re: How to use "For example"

    I think it's a bit harsh to categorise the former as incorrect. At first glance I couldn't see any reason.

    The only possible reason I can think of is that you're being asked to choose from a variety. Then the example specifically mentions just three colours thereby somewhat nullifying the idea of there being a variety.

    The second example gets round this limitation by saying that the three colours mentioned are available (for choice) and by implication the rest of the variety of colours are not available.

    As I say it's somewhat technical and opaque but that's the only thing I can come up with.

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    Re: How to use "For example"

    Quote Originally Posted by chanbr View Post
    I came across the following:

    Incorrect: Choose from a variety of colors. For example, red, green, or black.

    Correct: Choose from a variety of colors. For example, red, green, and black are available

    Why is the first one incorrect? Thanks.
    According to the examples provided, it appears that "For example, red, green, or black" is incorrect because it is treated as a sentence: it ends in a period yet lacks a verb.

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    Re: How to use "For example"

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    Is my try below correct?
    Quote Originally Posted by chanbr View Post
    I came across the following:

    Incorrect: Choose from a variety of colors, for example, red, green, or black.

    Correct: Choose from a variety of colors. For example, red, green, and black are available

    Why is the first one incorrect? Thanks.

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    Re: How to use "For example"

    Interesting observation.

    However whilst a period is required at the end of a sentence, does its use automatically imply what precedes it is a sentence?

    Rgds

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    Re: How to use "For example"

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard1 View Post
    Interesting observation.

    However whilst a period is required at the end of a sentence, does its use automatically imply what precedes it is a sentence?

    Rgds
    Obviously not.

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    Re: How to use "For example"

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Obviously not.
    Indeed.

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