What is the difference between "for examples" and "for instance"?
Are the phrases "for example" and "for instance" synonyms? And can they be used interchangeably?
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For instance and for example are synonyms. Note, it can be used interchangeably based on the context you wish to use it.
"For example" and "for instance" are interchangeable. But I would use "for instance" in a more formal setting.
Hey! For instance is defined as "an example". For example as "by way of illustration". But the two depend on certain situations you using them.
Hello Oliver, "For instance" is more formal than "for example". You would use "for instance" in an essay or a formal email/ business setting. By contrast, we use "for example" in a casual speech, when talking with friends or in informal emails.
Both can be used in different contexts although they both mean the same thing.
They are synonyms. There is very little difference between them. They have the same meaning and nearly they are use for the same purpose. These expression are used when a person wants to introduce a specific thing that help to explain a general statement.
Hello Oliver, There is a very light difference between these two prepositional phrases: 'For instance' means 'as an example', so it is used for a specific illustration. You say for instance when an image, a graphic or similar follows this phrase. That's why it is more commonly seen in books. 'For example' means 'by way of illustration'. It is used to describe a real or supposed case, that is in theory, when you want to show other similar cases that happen. The abbreviation for both is e.g., Example: There are many types of formulae, FOR EXAMPLE: combinations, mathematical rules, methods, some expressed by symbols and others. The molecular formula for water is, FOR INSTANCE, H2 0. You must know that both phrases are most of the time used indistinctly. Another similar abbreviation you can find is: 'i.e.' and it stands for 'that is'. I hope this can be useful for you. Greetings,
Hi Oliver Parks, There is no real difference between "for example and for instance" and yes they can be used interchangeably. The second phrase may be slightly informal.
The difference between for example and for instance isn't obvious because both are used to explain what is said, for a clearer understanding. The slight difference is that for instance, is more informal.
Hello, They can be used as synonyms (as they have the same meaning). If you need any further information don’t be reluctant to contact me.
HI Oliver, "For instance " is used for a specific illustration. "for example" is used for a real or theoretical case, when other types or examples are possible. "For Example" --- "You can use any two colors, "For Example" red and yellow. "For Instance"--- Using yellow "For instance" might be a better choice for the wall" Hope this helps!:)