What does 'i.e.' stand for ?


i.e. is the abbreviated form of the Latin word 'id est' which means 'that is'  or 'in other words' in English. 

The purpose of using 'i.e.' in a sentence is to reiterate or reaffirm an idea more in a logical and unconfused manner. 

Example: "I reached the venue two hours after the incident, i.e. I reached at 5 pm." 

While the Americans tend to use comma after 'i.e.', it is not so common in British English. However full stop is compulsory after the 'i'  and 'e'.

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