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comment Replacements for “i.e.” other than “that is”
I really like the dash. Are there any formal rules for its use, like for the colon or semicolon? So far, I have avoided the dash because I do not know how to use it.
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comment Replacements for “i.e.” other than “that is”
A question concerning punctuation: in your sentence, I would omit the comma after namely. Which punctuation is preferable?
May
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comment Replacements for “i.e.” other than “that is”
I like that. I use namely a lot, but never made the connection with i.e.. It does seem to have a slightly different connotation, though. "I want to eat a tasty bubble gum, namely the pink one." vs "I want to eat a tasty bubble gum, i.e. the pink one." In the first case, there could also be a green gum that is tasty, while the second sentence implies that only the pink gum is tasty.
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comment Replacements for “i.e.” other than “that is”
@JLG: Alas, the reformulation you offer changes the meaning slightly, with the unfortunate effect that your version becomes very confusing. My audience will understand this as "Assume something. Assume something else." and will take a while to figure out that these two assumptions are actually the same. That's why I need the conjunction "i.e.".
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asked Replacements for “i.e.” other than “that is”
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