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Egg's off, bacon's off, bread's off, tea's off. English is on though.
e.g. or i.e. ?
People often confuse these two abbreviations.
e.g. means “for example”. (It comes from the Latin exempli gratia “for the sake of an example”.)
i.e. means “that is”. (It comes from the Latin id est “that is”.)
When we use e.g. we simply offer some examples or suggestions among many. When we use i.e. we say exactly what we are talking about.
Note that you will often see them written without full stops or periods, thus: eg and ie
Also note that “that is to say” means the same as “that is”.
Joe | Saturday, November 15th, 2008 | Filed under Vocabulary
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