For example…

Whether we like to admit it or not, we all need reminders sometimes about commonly confused words and phrases. There is no shame in that, and this week we’re here to help you out with “i.e.” and “e.g.” E.g. is an abbreviation for the Latin “exempli gratia,” meaning “for example.” I.e. means “id est,” which is Latin for “that is,” and is used for clarification. Though they may seem similar, the two terms are not interchangeable. However, both are lowercase, have periods and are followed by a comma.

A screenshot of a message from Stylebot on Slack that reads: "I.e." means "that is" ("id est" in Latin) and is followed by a comma. It is used for clarification: "I might have time for that in late December, i.e., over winter break." Pro-tip: "I.e." and "e.g." are not interchangeable. "E.g." means "for example" ("exempli gratia" in Latin) and is used for illustration, not clarification.

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