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Posted 1/28/08
I do it alot, Examples help me understand stuff, also it gets my point across.
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Posted 1/28/08
I like using examples. No, let me fix that. I love using examples. I use them very often, almost all the time, in person and online. I don't think about whether they're actually needed or not. I'll give you an example right now... lol, j/k, no I won't, because that's the purpose of this topic.

I never consider whether or not I should give an example, or whether it'll benefit a conversation or harm it. It's almost an unconscious thing that I do, it gets my point across better because I can let the person know what I'm specifically thinking about. Examples are useful in this way, but I have a tendency of picking really, really, bizarre examples that randomly pop into my head and tend to confuse people, which in the end really isn't helpful because I end up having to explain my example! In these cases it'd have been better if I'd remained more ambiguous and not used an example at all.
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Posted 1/28/08
i personally DONT like using examples.. especially during persuasive essays, just seeing the words 'for example' just makes me want to scream. its so overused, its so.. un-euphonic and so basic.. like a 5 year old writing it, cant ppl just vary it a little and say "this is an example of" or "this represents this because of this" or "an example would be..."

sigh.. ANYTHING but "for example" ><'' or even better, make an example without even stating that its an example ^^ thats wat i do
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Posted 1/29/08
Perhaps a better question would be: why do so many people attempt to use metaphor to support their arguments even though it is an invalid procedure?

Oh, to actually respond to the question... I think others have answered it since it's fairly obvious. I've noticed that I have trouble coming up with examples for my own arguments, though, since I tend to store away and value the conclusion over the method used to reach it. This basically makes me look like an idiot even when I know my thoughts are based on deep reflection.
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Posted 1/29/08
Examples expand your metaphysical intellectual hypothesis into a theory I suppose. That would be the reason we use them.

Should we not use them? Hell no. It's not simply enough to state something, you've got to be able to reason it, to make it conform to sense(Yes, that horrible little monster your mother used to scare you to bed with). Otherwise you're just spouting gibberish like a madman.

I have the extreme urge to give an example here...
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Posted 1/29/08
Because examples connect concepts to reality.
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Posted 2/1/08
My tendency to use say first thing that pops into my head in conversation makes me pretty prone to horrible examples.

For example, I once explained to someone how one of four substances was the most potent by using the example, "It's like if you were to say that Ringo could benchpress more than George, John, or Paul."
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Posted 4/20/09
examples help broaden one's point on a particular topic, i guess...
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