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i.e. vs. e.g. and When to Use Which

Posted by Phil Jamieson   Nov 9, 2017 7:30:00 AM

It’s not uncommon to see “i.e.” used where “e.g.” should be used, and vice versa. In fact, it’s one of the most common mistakes writers make. Why? How could such simple abbreviations perplex even the most experienced of writers at times? It could have something to do with the fact that both abbreviations are derived from Latin words.

Continue reading to learn more about these sometimes-puzzling abbreviations.

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Topics: Latin abbreviations, i.e.,, e.g., id est, exempli gratia

Latin Abbreviations

Posted by Phil Jamieson   Aug 23, 2011 5:30:00 AM

Okay, you're in a multi-person conversation, and somebody presents a provocative conjecture. A back-and-forth ensues in which facts are presented and arguments are made. A conclusion is drawn. Someone speaks the letters "Q-E-D." People nod and disperse.

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Topics: abbreviations, Latin abbreviations

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