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I will give you an example to write a CV.

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I will give you an example how to write a CV.

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I will give you an example about how to write a CV.

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I will give you an example about writing a CV.

Which one of the above is right? If none, please, give me the correct one.

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I will give you an example for / of writing a CV. –  Kris Jan 18 '12 at 12:09
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Example of xxx is standard phrasing. Example about sounds bad to me, and is virtually unknown in writing. –  FumbleFingers Jan 18 '12 at 14:22
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'I will give you an example of how to write a CV'.

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To be honest, this seems to be just the best of a bad bunch. The example isn't actually going to be an instance of how to write a CV - whatever that means (one instance out of several "CV-writing guides", perhaps?). It's simply an example [of a] CV. –  FumbleFingers Jan 18 '12 at 14:27
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@FumbleFingers: I know. What is really needed is something like 'If you'd like to see what an impressive CV looks like, here's an example.' –  Barrie England Jan 18 '12 at 14:44
    
@BarrieEngland: Right. Or keep it simple: "I will teach you how to write a good CV" or "I will give you many examples of good CVs." –  Julia Jan 18 '12 at 23:56
    
Is this correct? I will give you an example *on* how to write a CV –  Meysam Jan 19 '12 at 6:20
    
@Meysam: It is not what a native speaker would say. –  Barrie England Jan 19 '12 at 7:32
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There are a lot of tutorials about how to do something but none for doing something, hence

I will give you an example of how to write a CV.
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I will give you an example to write a CV.

This means that I will use the example to write a CV. Like "I will give you a pen to write a CV." It's awkward. It leaves the listener wondering what exactly you're going to give them.

I will give you an example how to write a CV.

This is missing a connector. What is the relationship between the example and how to write a CV?

I will give you an example about how to write a CV.

It's hard to make any sense of this. An "example" must be an instance of the thing it is an example of. So if this is in fact an example about how to write a CV, what would it be? A CV is not about how to write a CV. But nothing other than a CV is an example of a CV. So what could this be describing?

I could see one way this could be used.

Jack: I'm writing a book about how to write a CV. Do you have any examples of such books?

Jill: I will give you an example about how to write a CV.

It's awkward, but not incorrect (assuming the thing you're talking about is in fact about how to write a CV).

I will give you an example about writing a CV.

Same problem as above. What would be an example about writing a CV? A CV is not about writing a CV. And only a CV is an example of a CV.

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