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    i.e. and e.g.

    It is bothering me a while, so here is my question. How do you pronounce/say these shortcuts when you are speaking or reading these for somebody else?

    i.e.

    "id est"?
    "it est"?
    "it ist"?
    "it is"?
    "this is"?

    or

    "/aɪ/ /iː/ " :)?

    e.g.

    "exempli gratia"?
    "example given"?
    "in example"?
    "for example"?
    "for instance"?

    or just

    "/iː/ /dʒiː/" :)?


    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: i.e. and e.g.

    Quote Originally Posted by xpert View Post
    I think thx0110's doubt is not what 'i.e.' or 'e.g.' mean, but rather how does one pronounce them while reading.

    Personally I have always pronounced them like this:
    e.g. -> example given
    i.e. -> that is

    However, I was waiting for a native speaker answer to confirm it.
    Does any native speaker read them differently?


    PS Not a native speaker

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    Re: i.e. and e.g.

    Quote Originally Posted by ymnisky View Post
    I think thx0110's doubt is not what 'i.e.' or 'e.g.' mean, but rather how does one pronounce them while reading.

    Personally I have always pronounced them like this:
    e.g. -> example given
    i.e. -> that is

    However, I was waiting for a native speaker answer to confirm it.
    Does any native speaker read them differently?


    PS Not a native speaker
    Yes, exactly ymnisky. When you have a sentence and you read it, how do you pronounce "e.g" and "i.e."? e.g like example given, for example, for instance, exempli gratia or just read the letters like AD or BC or NBA? The same question for i.e.

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    Re: i.e. and e.g.

    I read the letters. No need to use the Latin.

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    e.g: for example
    i.e: that is, as well as "IE" (like pronouncing both letters)

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    Re: i.e. and e.g.

    If I was reading aloud a document with these written in it, I would spell out the letters.

    If I was merely speaking, it would be rare for me to say 'that is' in spontaneous speech, but I would say 'that is', not 'i e'. I would say 'for example' in spontaneous speech too.

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