Grammar Check: e.g. vs. i.e.

I have a confession. Until I looked it up today, I wasn’t entirely sure of the difference between these two often-used abbreviations. Now I know:

e.g. means “for example” (Latin exempli gratia).
i.e. means “in other words” or “that is” (Latin id est).

Examples:

“WordPress has useful plugins; e.g., WPStats and Configure SMTP.”
e.g. == “for example”

“Ubuntu works well on my PC; i.e., it doesn’t crash as often as Windows XP.”
i.e. == “in other words”

Grammar Monster, Grammar Girl and Dr. Grammar have great examples of using the two correctly. Somehow, I skipped this during my nights on the copy desk.

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