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    #1

    functioning examples of

    (Text taken from Mass Effect in-game description)

    "They have multiple functioning examples of all major organs, and can often survive the loss of one or two of any type."

    What does "example" here mean? I checked Oxford online dictionary and there are three meanings available, but I don't think any of them fit in here...

    1.A thing characteristic of its kind or illustrating a general rule
    2.A written problem or exercise designed to illustrate a rule
    3.A person or thing regarded in terms of their fitness to be imitated

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    Re: functioning examples of

    Do you really think there's any chance of it being #2?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Do you really think there's any chance of it being #2?
    Nope. Just listed all the entries I found from Oxford online dictionary.

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    Re: functioning examples of

    OK, so between 1 and 3, which do you think makes most sense in context?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    OK, so between 1 and 3, which do you think makes most sense in context?
    #1. But it uses too many fancy words and I couldn't fully understand it.

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    #6

    Re: functioning examples of

    Do you mean that definition #1 uses fancy words? If so, I disagree. It's less complicated than the sentence you posted from the game description.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #7

    Re: functioning examples of

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Do you mean that definition #1 uses fancy words? If so, I disagree. It's less complicated than the sentence you posted from the game description.
    For me, I usually try to understand a word by replace it with it's explanation from a dictionary. In this case "They have multiple functioning things characteristic of its kind or illustrating a general rule of all major organs, and can often survive the loss of one or two of any type.", makes much less sense. Could you simply give me another word to replace "examples" with the closest meaning?

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    Re: functioning examples of

    You can't just insert a definition in place of a single word.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #9

    Re: functioning examples of

    It might sound a little weird but that's usually how I learn... Anyway, I found another explanation of "example" as "an instance serving for illustration; specimen" on dictionary.com, I don't even know "specimen" and "example" can be synonyms as they mean totally different, way different things in my native language. I still need some time to digest this, but at least it makes some sense now (in my native language...).

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    #10

    Re: functioning examples of

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Do you really think there's any chance of it being #2?
    Or #3?
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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