AP Style I.e. and E.g.

AP Style recognizes i.e. as meaning “that is” and e.g. as meaning “for example.”

AP Style has a specific way that it requires these two abbreviations to be written in writing. AP Style requires that a comma follow these abbreviations. Consider the following,

  • Wrong: The bulk (i.e. about 80 percent) of the work needs to be done in the next three days.
  • Correct: The bulk (i.e., about 80 percent) of the work needs to be done in the next three days.
  • Wrong: I have many hobbies (e.g. golf, sailing, writing).
  • Correct: I have many hobbies (e.g., golf, sailing, writing).

For a more full discussion on the differences between i.e. and e.g., check out our full post on the subject.

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