HomeKIẾN THỨCTo name a few là gì

To name a few là gì

16:39, 29/10/2021
How would you explain the differences between using "for example" và "just lớn name a few" in the following multiple choice:

Your điện thoại thông minh might give you a wake up Điện thoại tư vấn, send you emails, help you khổng lồ order a high-speed rail ticket and lớn book a hotel room for the weekkết thúc conference, _.* (A) just to lớn name a few (B) for example

I"d certainly choose (A), but I don"t think I can adequately explain to my students their difference, except perhaps that for example seems khổng lồ rarely follow such a long danh sách of items containing phrases.

word-choice phrases
Improve this question
edited May 2 "13 at 12:26

94.6k3636 gold badges303303 silver badges395395 bronze badges
asked May 2 "13 at 8:46

Andy ChengAndy Cheng
1,20133 gold badges1515 silver badges1717 bronze badges
Add a bình luận |

1 Answer 1

Active Oldest Votes
For example is the correct answer for that multiple choice question. Just to lớn name a few is wrong because the phrase a few, which functions as a pronoun because it replaces the missing phrase has many functions, refers lớn nothing. The full sentence would be something like this:

Your smartphone, which has many functions, might give you a wake up Call, skết thúc you emails, và help you order a high-speed rail ticket or book a khách sạn room for a weekend conference, just to name a few.

Bạn đang xem: To name a few là gì

Without the relative clause, the answer has to be for example:

Your smartphone might give you a wake up Gọi, send you emails, and help you order a high-speed rail ticket or book a hotel room for a weekover conference, for example.

Because the first sentence is only implied, just to lớn name a few is semantically incorrect.

Improve sầu this answer
answered May 2 "13 at 9:09
AndyC: Yes, of course "a few" refers khổng lồ those functions, but this is a question of syntax as well as semantics. Because the semantics don't support the use of that pronoun because there's no referent, there can be no pronoun. The point is not that the sentence can't be understood once the reader thinks about it a bit, but that when writing, one does not want khổng lồ create discourse that forces the reader to lớn make unnecessary inferences or lớn have sầu to stop reading và think about awkward syntax.
May 3 "13 at 3:53
This is quite different from poetry & Finnegans Wake, which demand that you read slowly, reread, reread, và reread, và then think hard about what you've read. Most language is used to communicate as clearly as possible, except, of course, where the writers & speakers are interested in bamboozling the audience: politicians, confidence men, advertisers, và liars or other types. Your sentence is standard expository prose & shouldn't prompt the reader or listener to ask "'To name a few' what?"
May 3 "13 at 3:58

Add a comment |

Your Answer

Thanks for contributing an answer lớn grumpygourmetusa.com Language và Usage Stachồng Exchange!

Please be sure khổng lồ answer the question. Provide details and giới thiệu your research!

But avoid

Asking for help, clarification, or responding to lớn other answers.Making statements based on opinion; baông chồng them up with references or personal experience.

Xem thêm: Phí Dịch Vụ E Mobile Banking Của Agribank E, Đăng Ký Agribank E

To learn more, see our tips on writing great answers.

Draft saved
Draft discarded

Sign up or log in

Sign up using Google
Sign up using Facebook
Sign up using Thư điện tử and Password

Post as a guest

Thư điện tử Required, but never shown

Post as a guest


Required, but never shown

Post Your Answer Disthẻ

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree lớn our terms of service, privacy policy & cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged word-choice phrases or ask your own question.

The Overflow Blog
Featured on Meta
"A few" vs. "few"
Name for phrase where you just state a noun
One of the few vs one of few
What's the word in grumpygourmetusa.com for something that increases/decreases?
Word Hunt: A Collection of Lessons, but a subset of a Course?
Word to lớn encompass service, booking, order and reservation
Why is "for" used in "for example/instance"?
Another word for "example"?
Hot Network Questions more hot questions

Question feed
Subscribe to RSS
Question feed To subscribe to this RSS feed, copy và paste this URL inkhổng lồ your RSS reader.


grumpygourmetusa.com Language và Usage
Staông xã Exchange Network
site thiết kế / logo sản phẩm © 2021 Stack Exchange Inc; user contributions licensed under cc by-sa. rev2021.10.28.40592

grumpygourmetusa.com Language & Usage Stack Exchange works best with JavaScript enabled

Your privacy

By clicking “Accept all cookies”, you agree Staông chồng Exchange can store cookies on your device and discthất bại information in accordance with our Cookie Policy.