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Hi guys,

Can you please clarify me this idiom? I mean, I get the meaning (this phrase is being used, when the speaker wants to express that his previous statement is typical example of something), anyway, let's consider this sentence: Hamburgers makes you fat, look at Shelly - case in point. Please, what's the difference between previous mentioned sentence and "Hamburgers makes you fat, look at Shelly. She's typical example of it". When is better to use "case in point" idiom and when the phrase "typical example"? Many thanks in advance.

Best Regards

JCD
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They are about the same, so it doesn't matter which you use.
"Case in point" is more casual.
CJ
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thx CJ!
Actually, "case in point" is quite archaic and a historical perversion to boot: the original idiom was "in point", basically a direct translation from French "a point". It might be wiser to substitute something less cliched and more descriptive.