Ep.1 English A Little: How to use i.e. vs e.g.


i.e. stands for id est 

Meaningthat is, that means, in other words

Tips for i.e.

  • use for more explanation, to give more specific information
  • used to specify the event or clarify


e.g. stands for exempli gratia

Meaning: for example

Tips for e.g.

  • use e.g. for list of examples, things, items, resources
  • So whenever you want to give a list of something. Use e.g., and follow by a comma then list your items.)
  • never use etc. after e.g.

How to use them in the sentence

  • Write with i.e. and e.g. (each abbreviation followed by a period)
  • Can use in the middle or at the beginning of the sentence.
  • When you place them at the beginning of the sentence, the first letter is always capitalized -> I.e. and E.g.
  • Always put a comma behind them (American English) -> i.e., and e.g.,
  • UK English -> no comma >>>> Whatever style you use, be consistent
  • Don’t need to be italicized