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I am wondering which one is a proper structure for an academic writing text?

the example below

or

the below example

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    english.stackexchange.com/q/609/16833 – Em1 Jan 17 '14 at 14:47
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    I did not see @Em1 's comment because they provided a URL only. Any ways, here's what the OP might want to know from Webster's: below adjective: written or discussed lower on the same page or on a following page - First Known Use of BELOW 1916 – learner Jan 17 '14 at 16:36
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"The example below" is more common, but I don't find "the below example" offensive. If you replace "above" with "below" then both orders are very common. Still, I recommend "the example below," which sounds a bit more natural.

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Below is a preposition or adverb, so neither example is appropriate. "The following example..." is appropriate.

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