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Re(8): plain English?

I have come to this discussion a bit late, having been very busy.

My work involves producing usable, comprehensible information about medicines and healthcare.

Although I have no problem with ‘e.g.’/‘i.e.’ myself, and might well use them when writing for, e.g., cruciverbalists, I would never use them when writing for a general readership. When training clients, my colleagues and I also strongly advise against their use. For ‘e.g.’, use ‘for example’, ‘such as’, etc; and ‘i.e.’ is almost always redundant anyway.

The reason, quite simply, is that most people don’t know what they mean.

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