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What is the full form of "e.g." as we use it to say "for example"?

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There were people from many Asian countries e.g. India, Japan..

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-1: Use a dictionary. en.wiktionary.org/wiki/e.g. –  Pitarou Oct 17 '12 at 7:29
    
Perhaps on ESL, not ELU. –  Kris Oct 17 '12 at 7:32
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This is an abbreviation of "exempli gratia", which can be translated like "for the sake of an example".

Here is a list of other (relatively) often used latin phrases in English.

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