Writing Tips: Spot the Difference (8): e.g. vs i.e.
These are two commonly used abbreviations, but on occasion, they are used incorrectly. The only way to know which one to use, you must understand what the abbreviations stand for.
Both of these terms originated from latin. e.g. is the shortened form of exempli gratia, “for the sake of an example”. e.g. is used when giving an example.
I enjoy different styles of music e.g. rock, hip hop and dance.
i.e. stands for id est, “that is”. i.e. is used to clarify a statement.
I regularly buy CDs. (i.e. once a week)
Hopefully that clears it up!
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