E.g. vs. I.e. — What’s the Difference?
Circulated: April 24, 2019
I.e. and e.g. are both Latin abbreviations.
- E.g. stands for exempli gratia and means “for example.” It is is used to introduce a few examples, not a complete list.
Example: For lunch, I’ll walk over to the Amazon headquarters, e.g., Spheres, Doppler, or Amazon Go.
- I.e. is the abbreviation for id est and means “in other words.” A helpful reminder is to imagine that the I and E stand for “in essence.”
Example: For lunch, I’ll walk over to the Amazon Greenhouse, i.e., Spheres.