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See also ie, IE, and -ie

English

Etymology

From [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] i.e., an abbreviation of id est (that is).

Pronunciation

Abbreviation

i.e.

  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) That is; in other words; that is to say.
    The three U.S. states on the west coast (i.e. Washington, Oregon, and California) have favorable climates.

Usage notes

  • Use i.e. to explain or clarify a statement by either (exhaustively) listing options or by rephrasing the previous statement.
  • Often confused with e.g.
  • American English demands a comma after i.e.; in British English comma does not follow i.e. [1]
  • Opinion is mixed about whether the abbreviation should be italicized, or whether there should be a separating non-breaking space as in i. e..
  • ie: is often found in current usage, and is perhaps now considered acceptable.

Translations


Latin

Abbreviation

i.e.

  1. id est (that is; in other words)

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