Monday, February 2, 2009

Use of i.e. & e.g.

Use of i.e. and e.g.

o i.e. stands for the Latin "id est," which means "that is." It is followed by an explanation. Not sure if you should use "i.e."? Replace it with "in other words" and see if your sentence retains the original meaning. If it does, "i.e." is the abbreviation for you, in that case.

o e.g. stands for the Latin "exempli gratia," (that's "for example" to you and me). It is followed by one or more examples. Perhaps a better way to remember this one is to think of these letters standing for "example given." Just keep in mind that using "e.g." does not indicate that the list given is a complete one.

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