Confusing e.g. and i.e.

Is it e.g. or i.e.? They’re so similar in that they are both used to clarify something mentioned in the sentence, yet they are different. Using the wrong one will change the meaning of the sentence. So let’s clarify their differences.

What is e.g.?

The abbreviation e.g. comes from the Latin exempli gratia. It means: “for example”. If you’re unsure of what abbreviation to use, state the longer “for example” as you write your sentence.

She loves furry pets, e.g., dogs, cats, rabbits and hamsters.

She loves furry pets, for example, dogs, cats, rabbits and hamsters.

Explaining the abbreviation e.g.

What is i.e.?

The abbreviation i.e. comes from the Latin id est. It means: “that is” or “in other words”. If you’re unsure of what abbreviation to use, state the longer “in other words” as you write your sentence.

After school, I like to play in that new park, i.e., Trimble Park.

After school, I like to play in that new park, in other words, Trimble Park.

After school, I like to play in that new park, that is, Trimble Park.

Explaining the abbreviation i.e.