What is an example sentence?
An example sentence is a sentence that has the purpose to illustrate the proper use of an expression, and help to understand the meaning of the expression by putting it in a context.
An example sentence can be of two types:
- a self-made example sentence
- in that case, the best is to keep the sentence as simple as possible, and try to create a sentence which makes sense only with the intended meaning, and not with the other meanings of the expression being illustrated (i.e. unambiguity).
- a citation from a book or another media
- Usually the sentences cited from a source are longer than self-made examples, but they have the advantage of giving a proof that the word exists, and also a time when it was used. Do not forget to cite the book title, author, date of publication, chapter(?), etc.
How to annotate an example sentence
An example sentence is associated to a syntrans (a given expression and a given definition of that expression).
You will find example sentence annotations in the right column in the translation table. In edit mode, click "Annotation >>" then "Plain text" and click the drop-down box, select "example sentence".
You can have as many example sentences as you like for a given syntrans.