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When to use IE or EG?

2019-07-12 20:14 #0 by: jordan

Oddly enough, it has taken me until today to realise when to use I.E or E.G when trying to give an example!

Originally, I thought that they meant exactly the same thing, but it turns out they have slight differences which means that their application in a sentence is slightly different.

I.E is an abbreviation for 'id est', and essentially means 'in other words', whereas E.G is short for Exempli gratia', meaning example given.

Turns out I was using I.e as a substitute for E.G, although typically that wouldn't actually be correct Laughing out loud

Are there any words or abbreviations that you realised you were using incorrectly?

2019-07-13 11:02 #1 by: Evelina

Good to know! I feel like I have looked this up before but it is easy to forget since I don't use it often. 

2019-07-16 19:58 #2 by: Tammie

I didn’t even know know about E.G. only I.e.

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2019-07-17 20:30 #3 by: jordan

Maybe I argue too often then Laughing out loud I find myself using it to give an example of something far too many times than I am willing to admit!

2019-09-09 12:21 #4 by: Niklas

I try to limit my use of abbreviations, for obvious resons. 😀 

2019-09-09 14:53 #5 by: Leia

This reminded me of a post I saw on reddit... Laughing out loud

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2019-09-09 16:37 #6 by: jordan

#5 Oh dear Laughing out loud