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I have seen a lot in common use of the abbreviations i.e. and e.g. but I'm not pretty sure when and how to use these abbreviations.

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They are shorts for "id est" and "exempli gratia" (latin terms for "that is" and "for example"). I use "i.e." to clarify the meaning of a term, and "e.g" to give an example of a term, and I usually put the between (). Examples:

All english speaking countries (e.g. Australia) are passing new laws prohibiting the learning of french.

A European person (i.e. a person who is born in a European country) is likely to spend most of his life in Europe.

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    Your i.d. should be i.e. And An european should be A European. – TonyK Dec 15 '18 at 19:38
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    Both of them... – TonyK Dec 15 '18 at 19:41
  • I was asking myself "but I did fix both of those i.d...." :) – Leaning Dec 15 '18 at 19:44
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    Good answer. It'd be a much better answer for this site if it was sourced. Take a look at how to answer to learn a bit more about EL&U. – tmgr Dec 15 '18 at 22:48

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