While referring to "similar cases" is there a word that sums it up? Can "instance" be used instead of "example"? I want to steer clear of "example," as I don't think it is the exact word for such sentences.

  1. If you are looking for a certain style of painting, you will find many examples of such painting in that blue bag.

  2. After some students were bullied at the school, she was looking for more examples of bullying in the school to report it to the authorities.

  • What's wrong with "she was looking for more [similar] cases of bullying"? In the first sentence, you can sidestep the word and just say "you will find many such paintings in that blue bag." Commented Jul 17, 2017 at 20:01
  • Yes, sure. That might work too. I just want to avoid using "example" in the constructions.
    – user234028
    Commented Jul 17, 2017 at 20:22

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The word instances works for your second sentence, with the meaning of instance as follows:

An example that is cited to prove or invalidate a contention or illustrate a point

However, I don't think it's quite right for your first sentence.

Perhaps "samples of this style" would work. With sample being defined as:

An entity that is representative of a class; a specimen.

  • To elaborate: "instances" usually applies to events or occurrences, not to physical objects. This is why it fits well for the second example but not the first. Commented Jul 18, 2017 at 0:49

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