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Monday, 25 July 2011

Stuart's Daily Word Spot: i.e. or e.g?

Elle Macpherson at the Women's World Award 200...Image via Wikipedia
i.e. or e.g?
A bit of Latin:
i.e. or, id est, means ‘that is’. i.e. is another way of expressing ‘in other words’ and its purpose is to make something clearer by providing a more common definition.

‘The leading civil servant promised to ‘elucidate matters employing terminology comprehensively coherent to those deficient in the field of education and enlightenment on all prospective eventualities’. i.e. he would speak more clearly in future.

e.g. is an abbreviation of another Latin phrase; exempli gratia means ‘for example’. e.g. is used to present specific examples supporting an assertion.

‘The fact of the matter is that some women look better in a bikini than others; e.g. Kelly Brook, Elle Macpherson, Holly Weber and Anne Widdicombe.

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