Discussion in 'English Only' started by Henry~, Dec 8, 2007.

  1. Henry~ Senior Member

    If I want to say that I am going to use my past experience to be an example of something, could I say:
    I do need to take me to exemplify the problem involved.
  2. Trisia

    Trisia mod de viață

    I'm not sure I understand. You want to let people know that you're going to tell them something you know from experience?

    "Let me tell you something: in my younger days..." :D

    Really now, I need a bit more context. You're trying to explain a problem or the solution to it?
  3. Loob

    Loob Senior Member

    English UK

    "Exemplify" is quite a formal word.

    You can use it in a variant of your own phrase:

    I am going to use my past experience to exemplify [something]

    But I think the simpler version is better:

    I am going to use my past experience as an example.


    Postscript: sorry: I should also have said that "I do need to take me to exemplify the problem involved." really doesn't work at all...

  4. jamesjiao

    jamesjiao Senior Member

    New Zealand English and Mandarin Chinese
    Henry, just keep it simple. One wouldn't really use the word 'exemplify' in a conversation (save a few situations).

    Your sentence example is very convoluted (it's syntactically correct however) and I can hardly extract any meaningful sense from it. I'd say:

    I need to use my pass experience as an example to demonstrate the solution to this problem. (I am making a few assumptions here as you can see.)
  5. stupid american

    stupid american Member

    Southern California
    USA - English
    If you were giving advice to someone based on what you've done in the past you would normally say

    From personal experience, it is best to do it...
    Considering how I've done it before...

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