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Can I say, "Your example was quite graphical"?

A person wrote an answer to me on StackOverflow and provided a very good example with pictures. Saying "your example was good" or "nice" or "clear" seems to me to be too general. On the other hand, I've searched and didn't find any case of "graphical example" on Google.

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@Kelly: Please post as answer – mplungjan Mar 26 '11 at 16:51
Sorry, I didn't think it qualified as one. Not really necessary at this point, as "illustrative" has been covered in the answers. – Kelly Hess Mar 26 '11 at 17:54
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The example in question was well illustrated. This adjectives makes it clear that graphics were used to enhance the example. You could also use visual.

Illuminating is also a good word to use, although it does not necessarily imply the presence of graphics in the example; it only means the example was lucid and enlightening.

Several options:

  • Your example was well illustrated and quite illuminating.
  • Your example was lucid and well illustrated.
  • Your example was quite visual.
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No. The correct form is "your example was quite graphic". You'll find plenty of Google hits for "graphic example".

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Though this often has a connotation of "bloody" or "violent." Maybe "highly illustrative" (as Kelly mentioned) would more effectively express what he seeks. – snumpy Mar 26 '11 at 15:56
@snumpy: Completely agree. Graphic example would usually be taken to mean explicit in a violent or sexual way. – Jimi Oke Mar 26 '11 at 17:15

You say you don't want to say "good" because it's not specific enough. So, be more specific and say what you mean. But, I think you're trying to go for:

Your example was enlightening.

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So, be more specific and say what you mean - I think I did that in my question. The person who wrote his answer to me used one example and provided a lot of pictures. Those pictures were mainly graphs and diagrams making it easy for me to understand his example. – brilliant Mar 27 '11 at 2:05
"Graphical" or "visual" is not a compliment by itself. I don't think there's a good single-word drop-in for "helpful because of the visuals". I would probably say, "Thanks - the visuals really make things clear" or something like that. – tenfour Mar 27 '11 at 2:09
I would probably say, "Thanks - the visuals really make things clear" - This is a good one. I'll be using it in such cases. Thank you. – brilliant Mar 27 '11 at 2:29

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