In Which We Resolve to Use e.g. and i.e. Correctly

You should too.

Us the abbreviation “e.g.” (short for exempli gratia) when you want to say “for example”. Do not add “etc.” at the end of your example: “e.g” indicates that you are presenting a partial list.

When you desire to clarify or expand on a statement use the abbreviation “i.e.” (short for id est).

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3 comments on “In Which We Resolve to Use e.g. and i.e. Correctly

  1. Abra says:

    nota-ed bene ;-)

  2. My mnemonic device on this one: e.g.=example given; i.e.=it equals.

  3. ladyrita says:

    I’ve avoided using them wrong by avoiding using them.

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