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After e.g. do you always put a comma even if the example is only one thing? DO you write e.g., chicken soup or e.g. chicken soup? My question refers explicitly to using just a singular example.

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It entirely depends on context. I would punctuate it exactly as if I were writing 'for example', which is what it means.

Without comma 'When most people buy groceries, e.g. eggs, they always check the price.'

With comma. 'The major changes in crime patterns of the last twenty years present challenges to police morale. E.g., the reduction in burglary and street crime in the large cities necessitates a corresponding reduction in police manpower.'

  • I was thaught that the use of e.g.: was also allowed. Is this true? For example, "e.g.: 'This is some tet that acts as the example given', 'This is another example'." – Yves Schelpe Jan 24 '14 at 9:33
  • I'd probably put a comma in your first example: When most people buy groceries (e.g., eggs) they always check the price. I agree with your answer in principle; the hard part is coming up with an example where we wouldn't put a comma after for example. Perhaps at the end of a sentence? There are a few key ingredients for a truly memorable day: weather, food, and company, e.g. – J.R. Jan 24 '14 at 9:39
  • @J.R. I don't think I would actually put an 'e.g.' at the end of a sentence in that way. I would feel compelled to write 'for example'. But perhaps that's just me. I agree, however, that 'e.g. eggs' should perhaps have a comma. though I also agree it is difficult to think of an example that doesn't need one. – WS2 Jan 24 '14 at 9:48
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    @YvesSchelpe I see no reason why one can't, and should in appropriate circumstances use 'e.g.:'. – WS2 Jan 24 '14 at 9:52
  • @WS2 - I agree that the "e.g." looks a bit awkward at the end. Like you, I was twisting things around trying to find a good example (which I suppose means it's safe to say that we'd usually use a comma). – J.R. Jan 24 '14 at 10:26

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