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Grammar Repair Shop: Can you decipher Latin abbreviations?

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Problem: Writers who never studied Latin often mix up the abbreviations i.e. and e.g.

Lesson: When you mean "for example," use e.g., which stands for the Latin exempli gratia.

When you are further clarifying a point, write i.e., which means "that is," from the Latin id est.

Examples:

"Please provide two forms of identification, e.g., your driver's license and Social Security card."

"Raises will be minimal this year; i.e., no one will receive more than a 2 percent increase."

Peeved by a common error? Puzzled by perplexing grammar rules? Send us an e-mail at admineditor@nibm.net with the subject "Grammar." Or call us at (703) 905-4850.

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