Re: Correct usage "i.e." and "e.g." ?

Subject: Re: Correct usage "i.e." and "e.g." ?
From: "Parks, Beverly" <ParksB -at- EMH1 -dot- HQISEC -dot- ARMY -dot- MIL>
Date: Thu, 7 May 1998 14:00:21 -0700

There should be no punctuation problem. A single period is used if an
abbreviation ends a sentence. (Ref: The New York Public Library Writer's
Guide to Style and Usage.)

And why are the Latin abbreviations e.g., i.e., and etc. sometimes
disallowed, but a.m. and p.m. are accepted? The abbreviations B.A.,
M.A., and M.D. (to name a few) are also Latin. Are they disallowed? (Not
picking on Janice here; just asking in general.)

Beverly Parks
parksb -at- emh1 -dot- hqisec -dot- army -dot- mil =
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Janice Gelb [SMTP:janiceg -at- MARVIN -dot- ENG -dot- SUN -dot- COM]
> We don't allow any Latin abbreviations in our documentation,
> including etc.. Even if we didn't have the general rule because
> many people are unfamiliar with their meanings (as other people
> have mentioned in this thread), we probably would disallow etc.
> because of the punctuation problem in the first sentence of my
> response! We recommend that writers use "and the like" or "and
> so on," depending on the context.

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