October 2 2014

Lesson in Latin

by Barbie in Grammar

Our this or that blog posts are some of our most popular, garnering web hits from across the world. Previously, we’ve answered boarder or border and elicit or illicit. Today, we’re tackling Latin.

E.g. and i.e. are commonly used but often confused abbreviations. Let’s break down what each one means and when to use them.

  • e.g. is an abbreviation meaning for example. As a result, this abbreviation should be used when presenting an example but not necessarily an inclusive list.
    During autumn, leaves begin to transition into rich colors (e.g., red and yellow).
    Here, red and yellow are just examples since leaves change other colors as well.
  • i.e. is an abbreviation meaning in other words. It is used for clarification and provides an inclusive list.
    The American flag features three colors (i.e., red, white, and blue).
    Here, i.e. is appropriate because it clarifies the colors and provides an inclusive list.