e.g. vs. i.e.
How do you determine whether to use e.g. or i.e. in your writings? This is how one reader makes the call:
I know the letters stand for Latin phrases, but I always think of “example given” for e.g. It helps me remember that’s the one you use for a specific example.
The Latin abbreviation e.g. means exempli gratia, which translates to for example.
The Latin abbreviation i.e. means id est, which translates to that is, or in other words.
e.g. starts with an e, and so does example.
e.g. = example.
i.e. starts with i, and so does in other words
i.e. = in other words.
Simple enough. Right?
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