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.”

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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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Am I Affected or Effected?

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If you type “affect vs. effect” into Google, you will likely get a bunch of responses that say something like, “Affect is a verb while Effect is a noun.” So that clears everything up and I don’t need to write anymore, right?

If you have a fifth grader at home, he or she will probably be able to tell you the difference between and noun and a verb. But for those of us who have been out of grade school for more than ten years…those “grammar words” just might start to run together.

Affect vs. Effect

It is true that affect is a verb (action word) and effect is a noun (person, place, thing or idea). However, the easier way to remember the difference is in context.

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Affect

Affect is used when you are describing a situation and/or a possible outcome.

2

Effect

Effect is used to describe the outcome of a given situation. (Think: Cause and Effect.)

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The Trick

Affect = Action

Effect = End Result

Affect is used as an Action word so the sentence should be describing something that is or may be happening.

Effect is describing the End Result or consequence of an action. The sentence should be talking about an outcome.

 

Of course, these tricks are too easy to be without exception. However, remembering the difference between Affect and Effect is enough headache for one day. Let’s save the exceptions for another blog post.

 

Question: Why do all the grammar Nazis write “affect vs. effect” and not “effect vs. affect?” (Google it…it’s true.)

Answer: We can’t stand for anything to be out of alphabetical order.

 

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