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Origin of i.e.
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I.E. VS. E.G.
What’s the difference between i.e. and e.g.?
The abbreviation i.e. essentially means that is or in other words—you say it before rephrasing what you’ve just said, often to put it in simpler terms. The abbreviation e.g. essentially means for example—you say it before providing an example of the thing you’ve just mentioned.
Both are abbreviations of Latin phrases: i.e. stands for the Latin id est (which literally means “that is”); e.g. stands for exemplī grātiā (which literally means “for the sake of example”). Both are pronounced by saying the two individual letters in the term.
Both are commonly used in writing, but i.e. is much more commonly used in speech—most people don’t often say e.g. when speaking (probably because the phrase for example is so common and well understood).
Sometimes, people use them in overlapping ways, but this is technically incorrect, since i.e. is meant to indicate a rephrasing, while e.g. is meant to signal that a specific example is going to be given. Of course, both of these things involve an attempt to make what has just been said a little clearer (by clarifying or specifying), so it can be hard to remember when each one is appropriate.
To help remember when to use each one, think of the i in i.e. as standing for in other words. Think of the e in e.g. as standing for example (which it pretty much does).
Here’s an example of i.e. and e.g. used correctly in the same sentence.
Example: The second sewing lesson (i.e., the one starting next week) will cover several different skills (e.g., sewing on a button and sewing a seam).
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How to use IE in a sentence
Possible Summer Happening: There will be a “Song of the Summer,” put out by a 19-year-old pop starlet whose name ends in -ie.
One-third of all Egyptians who work for wages (ie, excluding peasant farmers) work for the state, directly or indirectly.
Maybe I just needed more time for IE to start feeling familiar.Can Microsoft Come Back? Dan Lyons’s Month Without Apple and Google|Dan Lyons|April 9, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Which leaves... (3) "All instrumentalities of national power," ie, covert operations.Obama's Eye for an Eye: Jerusalem for No Iranian Nukes|David Frum|March 5, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Top of the agenda: the government (ie taxpayer) pumping $100bn into their balance sheets in return for a temporary equity stake.
Ie raconteray seulement ce qu' mon advis on orroit plus volontiers.
Ie ne say s'il y eust aucun qui fermast l'œil de toute cette nuit.
Ie leur promis d'ainsy le faire, et n'en attends que les moyens.
Ie leur donnay quelques croix et quelques images, leur en donnant apprehender ce que je pouvois.
Ie ne veux rememorer ce que i'ay crit en mon Histoire de la Nouvelle-France, livre 4.
British Dictionary definitions for IE (1 of 4)
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Word Origin for i.e.
Cultural definitions for IE
An abbreviation for id est, a Latin phrase meaning “that is.” It indicates that an explanation or paraphrase is about to follow: “Many workers expect to put in a forty-hour week — i.e., to work eight hours a day.” (Compare e.g.)