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The Difference Between I.E. and E.G.
One of the most common grammar glitches is confusion over the abbreviations i.e. and e.g. In fact, most copyeditors will replace these with the more recognizable English terms “that is” or “for example” to avoid any confusion. If you do want to use them, here’s a simple explanation and way of remembering which is which:
i.e. is an abbreviation for the Latin term id est, or “that is.” You use it to restate what you just said using different words.