E.g. versus I.e. — What’s the Difference?

Source: Grammarly Published: 2018

Source: Grammarly
Published: 2018

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.