An abbreviation is a shortened form of a word or phrase.
The abbreviations: etc., i.e., e.g. are commonly confused
etc. means ‘continuing in the same way’
i.e. means ‘that is’
e.g. means ‘for example’
Writing Tip: Always punctuate these abbreviations within commas.
- Buy carrots, oranges, apples, etc., at this shop.
- We give all clients an early bird discount, i.e., 10%.
- 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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