Friday, July 29, 2016


Abbreviation for the Latin phrase id'est, which translates as “that is to say.” We use it in a sentence when we have made a statement, but then want to further clarify what we mean. Here is an example: “To hide your identity, use a pseudonym, i.e., a pen name.” Be sure you recognize the difference between “i.e.,” and “e.g.,” which means “for example.” These two are often confused or misused. When using, you can either enclose in parentheses, or with a comma before and after. For a humorous lesson on the use of “i.e.,” go to:

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