e.g. vs i.e. : Common Errors in English

About e.g. vs i.e.

When you mean “for example,” use e.g. It is an abbreviation for theLatin phrase exempli gratia. When you mean “that is,” use “i.e.” It isan abbreviation for the Latin phrase id est. Either can be used toclarify a preceding statement, the first by example, the second byrestating the idea more clearly or expanding upon it. Because these usesare so similar, the two abbreviations are easily confused. If you juststick with good old English “for example” and “that is” you won’t giveanyone a chance to sneer at you. If you insist on using theabbreviation, perhaps “example given” will remind you to use “e.g.,”while “in effect” suggests “I.E.”Since e.g. indicates a partial list, it is redundant to add “etc.” at the end of a list introduced by this abbreviation.

e.g. Meaning(s)

  • (r) as an example

i.e. Meaning(s)

  • (r) that is to say; in other words

e.g. in News

  1. Holder cops out

    You might think a US Attorney General who has so much to investigate in his own backyard — e.g., the IRS targeting of conservatives, or Justice’s own targeting of reporters as criminals — would be too busy or self-conscious to go after an enterprise as successful as the NYPD. Then...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: New York Post

  2. The Injustice of Imposing Domestic Criminal Liability for a Violation of Foreign Law

    [8] See , e.g. , John Baker, Jr., Revisiting the Explosive Growth of Federal Crimes , Heritage Foundation Legal Memorandum No. 26 (June 16, 2008), http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2008/06/revisiting-the-explosive-growth-of-federal-crimes; Paul Rosenzweig & Brian W. Walsh, eds.,
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Heritage Foundation

  3. Personal property taxpayer remedies

    From June 15 to July 1, 2013, owners of taxable personal property (e.g., business furnishings, equipment, etc.) may challenge the county assessor’s valuation of their property. The value determined by the assessor is based on information submitted on your Personal Property Declaration Schedule.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Pagosa Springs Sun

i.e. in News

  1. White People Problems: Census Finds More Whites Are Dying Than Being Born

    If you are the sort of person who is deeply worried about the shifting racial demographics of the United States (i.e., a racist), a bit of a reality check: It is partly your fault. Last year, for apparently the first time, more non-Hispanic white people died than were born. Other trends confirmed by the Census compilation of population estimates for the year 2012 were expected: the U.S ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Atlantic Wire via Yahoo! News

  2. Joss Whedon on ‘Avengers 2,’ ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ & ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’

    Joss Whedon talks about his 'Avengers 2' plan, why James Gunn is perfect for 'Guardians of the Galaxy,' and the unique role that 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' will play in the universe.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Screen Rant

  3. New 'Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.' TV Spot Hits During NBA Finals

    by Brett White Welcome to Level 7... again. A new TV spot for ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." aired during the NBA finals aired over the weekend, condensing the previous trailers into one quick 20 second montage. The only new footage in the quick spot, which still does a great job of hyping us up [...]
    on June 10, 2013 Source: MTV

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