learn the rule:
e.g. or i.e.?
- I.e. and e.g. are abbreviations that derive from Latin terms, but have entered mainstream language
- I.e. is the abbreviation of id est and means that is or in other words
- I need to buy some potatoes, i.e., I have run out of potatoes.
- I am not ugly, i.e., shut your face.
- E.g. is the abbreviation of exempli gratia and means for example
- I have smelly things, e.g., my socks.
- Most people are ugly, e.g., you.
- Both should have a comma after them when in proper use.
- I.e. never means 'for example.'
- Ways to remember:
- E.g. -> example given
- I.e. -> in essence
- The two are not interchangeable.
- Getting it wrong makes you smellier than a really smelly thing, e.g., a fart in a lift, i.e., you smell.
- And you're ugly.