That an Example or In Other Words?
Do you know the difference between
e.g. and i.e.? Perhaps you think the two serve the same purpose;
no, in fact, they do not!
To tell the two apart read the
For e.g., the two letters stand for
"exempli grata," which means "for the sake of example." If you
have an example of something or an additional example of that
something, then use it.
I like different kinds of
bread (e.g., brown, raisin, pumpernickel, sourdough).
For i.e., the two letters stand for
"id est," which means "that is." Use i.e. as a kind of replacement
for the colon. Most times i.e. means the same as "in other words."
I like all different kinds of bread
(i.e., I'll eat any kind you serve to me).
When using either expression use a
comma after (as in "i.e.," or "e.g.,") and do not use capital
letters with either. For formal expression, use parenthesis as in
my example above.
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