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What does "e.g." mean?

What is "e.g." short for, when used to show an example?

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(e.g.) is short for "exempli gratia" which translates as "for the sake of example". Usually shortened in English to 'for example'. Often confused with id est (i.e.), which means "That is (to say)".

Exempli gratia, 'for example', is commonly abbreviated 'e.g.'; in this usage it is sometimes followed by a comma, depending on style.

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