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They may be small, but their power to befuddle writers and speakers of the English language is mighty: what’s the difference between i.e. and e.g.? And what are the correct uses of these commonly confused abbreviations? The term i.e. is a shortening of the Latin expression id est, which translates to "that is." It is used to introduce a rephrasing or elaboration on something that has already been stated: "I like citrus fruits, i.e., the juicy, edible fruits with leathery, aromatic rinds of…

They may be small, but their power to befuddle writers and speakers of the English language is mighty: what’s the difference between i. And what are the correct uses of these commonly confused abbreviations? The term i.