Do E.G. and I.E. Mean the Same Thing?

To i.e. or to e.g.

No. They do not mean the same thing.

This is a blog about the English language so none of us are expected to know Latin. However, i.e. and e.g. are both referencing Latin words so if we’re going to use the abbreviations, we need to know what they really mean.

E.G. or I.E.

1

E.G.

E.G. is used to show an example explaining a previous statement.

2

I.E.

I.E. is used for rephrasing a statement. You could replace it in English with “that is” or “in other words.”

i.e

TIP:

The trick to remember the difference is in the letters.

E.G. means Example – both start with E

I.E. means In Other Words – both start with I

Just consider what you’re trying to describe and you won’t have any trouble keeping these two abbreviations straight.

 

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2 thoughts on “Do E.G. and I.E. Mean the Same Thing?

  1. I always wondered about those. Now if I can just remember all these rules. You’re awesome with this language stuff.

    Diane Sent from my iPhone

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