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

Subject: Re: Correct usage "i.e." and "e.g." ?
From: Stuart Burnfield <slb -at- FS -dot- COM -dot- AU>
Date: Thu, 14 May 1998 13:33:41 +0800

John Renish wrote:
> > the famous Sun style guide permits both these abbreviations.
> In my old internal version, they're rated as "G--suitable for all
> audiences".

You had the Sun style guide surgically implanted? Cool!

It's worth noting that in the examples of "i.e." John found in the
techwr archives, the first was redundant and the second probably
incorrect. John's rewrites are an improvement, but I can't be certain
he's retained the original meanings because I'm not certain what the
original meanings were.

It's easy enough to confuse i.e. and e.g., especially in casual
writing. I suspect few people would mistakenly say 'for example'
when they meant 'that is', and vice versa (more Latin!).

Stuart Burnfield
Functional Software Pty Ltd
mailto:slb -at- fs -dot- com -dot- au

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