by the example of sth vs take sth as an example


I’d like to know if there are any differences in meaning and usage between “by the example of something” and “take something as an example/for example”. Which one is more proper if used in a formal writing? Many thanks.

Hi Infin1ty,

There are different uses of ‘example’. Equally acceptable are: Take this as an example: and: Take this for example

‘By example’ is slightly different again. You could use it this way: A manager of a team is expected to lead by example so that team members can follow in the same manner. This means that the manager sets the standard for others by showing how things should be done.


Thanks very much Alan.