How to use the abbreviation "e.g." ("for example")

Updated July 12, 2018

Kick your writing up a notch by using "e.g." (for example) properly in a sentence!

"E.g." is an abbreviation for the Latin, "exempli gratia", meaning, "for example." It is commonly used in English as a conjunction.

Punctuation for "e.g." is a period after each letter with a comma before and after; see the examples below.

Example 1: Do not put stained clothes in the wash before you pretreat them, e.g., the shirt that you just spilled ice cream on should be sprayed before you toss it in the washer.

Example 2: You can't always tell right away that a child is a genius, e.g., Einstein didn't talk until he was four.

Now show off your knowledge by sprinkling "e.g." throughout your writing!

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