Commonly Confused Abbreviations

In this post, we look at commonly confused abbreviations.

An abbreviation is a shortened form of a word or phrase.

Commonly Confused Abbreviations

The abbreviations: etc., i.e., and e.g. are commonly confused.

  1. Etc. means ‘continuing in the same way’.
  2. I.e. means ‘that is’.
  3. E.g. means ‘for example’.

Writing Tip: Always punctuate these abbreviations within commas.


  1. Buy carrots, oranges, apples, etc., at this shop.
  2. We give all clients an early bird discount, i.e., 10%.
  3. The course includes writing basics, e.g., grammar, punctuation, and spelling.

Writing Tip: In good English, use ‘etc.’ as little as possible. It is better to be specific.

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Posted on: 19th August 2014