This week’s grammar refresher is dedicated to i.e. and. e.g., two commonly used abbreviations that are often confused for one another. They both have specific meanings, and while it isn’t necessary to use the abbreviations instead of the phrase they indicate, it is important to understand the difference between them.
Use this when you want to imply ‘that is’ or ‘in other words.’
Example: My father loves Miami football teams, i.e., the Miami Dolphins and the Miami Hurricanes.
Use this to say ‘for example.’
Example: Some of my favorite fruits are berries, (e.g., strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries.)
Bonus punctuation tip: A comma always follows both i.e. and e.g. regardless of where it is placed within the sentence.
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