May 6th , 2012
WHEN TO USE I.E. IN A SENTENCE
I.e. is an abbreviation of a latin phrase that carries the meaning of “that is”. It is used to CLARIFY a statement, rather than for LISTING EXAMPLES.
I.e. should be used when you want to explain what you just said in a different way – a definition, metaphor, or clarification.
E.g. is used to list a finite number of examples. For example, “I love wearing swimwear that reveal much of my body, e.g., speedo trunks, briefs, and bikinis.”
Parentheses or Commas?
Writing them as (e.g. blah, blah) or ,e.g., blah, blah are both acceptable. Most style guides recommend that you use a comma after e.g., even with the full-stop present.
e.g. = examples
i.e. = clarification
This mini-article was referenced from The Oatmeal. Do check out their webpage for a more elaborate article on the proper usage of i.e. and e.g.
Have a Savvy Sunday!