i.e. and e.g. are two Latin abbreviations that are verrry often confused. i.e. stands for id est, "that is" and stands for "in other words" : Three items usually make up silverware, i.e. spoon, fork and knife. e.g. is short for exempli gratia and precedes an example: the laddle should not be used to eat … Continue reading i.e., e.g., etc.