How does one properly use i.e. in a sentence? I'm not referring to Internet Explorer.
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I assume you are referring to the common abbreviation for the Latin id est, which is commonly translated as "that is to say". So, think of the English when you would use it, i.e. when you're about to write i.e. think to yourself "that is to say".
See how I did that? As to the stylistic issue, I would always do it as I did above: lower case, periods in place. A common variant is ie. instead of i.e..
Contrast with e.g. which is from the Latin exempli gratia meaning "for example." One can construct sentences where either one is acceptable, but usually just contemplating the English meaning of each and picking the best fit is the way to go.
If you're referring to Internet Explorer, just say Internet Explorer.
If you're referring to Internet Explorer, depending on the context you may have to indicate that it stands for that.
If you're referring to id est, i.e. "i.e.", The Oatmeal has just published a comic on that.
In all seriousness though, you use it to mean 'that is' or 'in other words' or 'in essence'. When you're explaining something, you use i.e. or its synonymous English phrases when you are about to express the explanation in different terms, as a means of clarity for instance.
i.e. is an abbreviation for the Latin "id est", meaning "that is" (or more loosely, "in other words"). Its English usage follows precisely as such. The abbreviation is simply used to signal that the following phrase is another way of expressing the preceding phrase.
(Note: i.e. is often misused to indicate an example; this is incorrect. Always use e.g. in that case.)
protected by Thursagen Aug 24 '11 at 10:40
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