give one an idea of

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Nothing but actual experience will give one an idea of the plodding, unvarying monotony .
The experiences of several campers can give one an idea of what camp means to some campers.
The combinations of dramatic subject matter and the known natures of the directors give one an idea of the substance one can expect from Clint Eastwood's "Mystic River," Hector Babenco's "Carandiru," Lars von Trier's "Dogville," Alexander Sokurov's "Father and Son," Samira Makhmalbaf's "Five in the Afternoon," Claude Miller's "La petite Lili" and Andre Techine's "Strayed.
To give one an idea of how competitive some of the spaces are, Fuji Gallery 2 has a waiting list of over one year, and that's just for photographers who pass the screening panel.