Words of the Week – i.e. versus e.g.

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Although used in Business writing rather than conversation, i.e. and e.g. are commonly confused by both internationals and Americans alike. i.e. translates to id est in Latin, “that is” in English; while e.g. translates to exempli gratia in Latin, “for example” in English. Often, people incorrectly preface an example with i.e. instead of the proper e.g.

Many thanks to my friend and colleague, Janet, for giving me the idea to clarify this common mistake for MBA in the USA readers!

To test yourself on this one, check out Get it Write.

Author: Grayson Leverenz

Grayson Leverenz founded MBA in the USA® to help international students build networks, find jobs, and have fun in the USA. Hundreds of global professionals have benefited from Grayson’s intercultural workshops, and she has worked with people from Brazil, China, India, South Africa, South Korea, the UK, and the USA to build effective virtual teams and craft brilliant careers.

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