Business English Quick Tips: EGs and IEs

Business English Quick Tips

Quick tips to help you write better for business

If you need to write for your job or business in English, these quick tips will help you succeed…

People often use “e.g.” when they mean “i.e.” and vice versa.

Although readers of your writing are likely to figure out what you really mean, if you’re writing something in which mistakes are a real no-no – like your CV/résumé, website text, business letters, business emails or anything else by which your professionalism might be judged – it’s important that you pick the correct choice.

Let’s start with EGs

E.G. means “for example” – easy to remember because the first letter is also the first letter of the word “example.” The full Latin version, for your information, comes from exempli gratia, literally translated as “for the sake of an example.” Usually “e.g.” is preceded by a comma or leader dots.

Another easy way to remember when to use E.G. is to think of “eggs…” as in “example!”

I’d like to use a colored pencil to draw this picture, e.g. blue, or perhaps green

What you need to consider is an alternative to your first choice, e.g. a larger scheme or perhaps something simpler

You’ll love the choice we offer in styles … e.g. garish, conservative, sneaky, etc.!

Now let’s get on to IEs

I.E. means “that is…” or in the Latin version id est, which in their lingo meant “in other words.” As with EGs, IEs usually are preceded by a comma or leader dots…

I’d like to use a colored pencil to draw this picture, i.e. one which enhances the original black and white image.

What you need to consider is an alternative to your first choice, i.e. something that will open up your options to a larger choice or scheme…

You’ll love the choice we offer in styles … i.e. the styles available give you the opportunity to give your customers a variety of options, at no extra cost to you.

For a really useful 200-page guide to business writing in English, check out “Business Writing Made Easy” – you’ll find it very, very helpful! Click here

And for something a bit different, try the exercises associated with this article in my “30 Day Business Writing Challenge” – Click here

More in a few days … and if you have any questions about business writing in English please add them here in the comments section; I will try to answer them as well as I can!

Suze

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