Common writing errors – Difference Between “i.e.” and “e.g.”
What’s the difference between i.e. and e.g.?
Unless you have studied Latin or studied the English language in depth, it might be a surprise for you to learn that the abbreviations i.e. and e.g. actually mean different things.
- e.g. means “for example” and is derived from the Latin “exempli gratia”
- i.e. means “that is” and is derived from the Latin “id est”
Terms of usage with some examples
There are 6 cars in the parking lot, i.e. Buick, Toyota, Mercedes, BMW, Jaguar and Subaru.
(a complete list of the colors)
There are 6 cars in the parking lot, e.g. Mercedes, BMW and Jaguar.
(an incomplete list of the colors)
Use e.g. when you are giving examples of them.
Acronyms are words where each letter stands for a word, e.g. ASAP which means “As Soon As Possible”
Use e.g. when giving an example in most cases
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