What's the Difference between "e.g."
When Should You Use Each?
two come from Latin and they are quite common in English writing.
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Here is a short explanation on what they mean and how to use them
It stands for the Latin phrase "exempli gratia", which means "for
- "Big cities, e.g. New York, London and Tokyo
offer more exciting activities."
- "You should hang out more with people in your
own age, e.g. Tom, Kate and James."
It stands for the Latin phrase "id est", which means "that is."
You use this "i.e." when you want to explain exactly what something
- "He is rather confused, i.e. he is not sure
what to do."
- "We are going on a short vacation, i.e. 3-4
- "Linda is moving to the north, i.e. Canada."
So the difference is that with "e.g." you are just giving an example
, but with
"i.e." you are explaining exactly
what it means.