Ever wondered if you’re supposed to use “i.e.” or “e.g.”? I used to not always get it straight until I figured out a simple way to remember.
First, you need to know what i.e. and e.g. mean:
- i.e. = in other words
- e.g. = for example
So here’s my way to remember which to use — it’s silly, but works:
- “in other words” starts with “i” so use “i.e.”
- “for example” can be lazily sounded as “for eggs-ample” which has a “g” sound so use “e.g.”
Yes, silly, but accurate.
Hat tip to Steve Rubel’s Twitter feed for the link.