how to number examples when using e.g. abbreviation?


When I am providing several examples of something on a worksheet and use e.g. as an abbreviation to introduce the examples, do I need to number them as in 




or would all of them just be 



asked Nov 25 '13 at 20:39 sali New member

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Assuming you have two or three examples, you would use e.g. only once, and you wouldn't need to number them.  My example has a nonsense list, but it shows how this is done.


It is good for many things, e.g., curing cancer, training your dog, and carrying out the garbage.


If you have a longer list, you could use a number or bullet list to show them.


It is good for many things:

  1. curing cancer
  2. training your dog
  3. carrying out the garbage


It is good for many things:

  • curing cancer
  • training your dog
  • carrying out the garbage
link answered Nov 25 '13 at 20:54 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

Thanks. What about if I have longer examples, and so it would be listed vertically.

e.g. The cat sat on the mat.

e.g. The rat was fat.

Would the second, third, so forth be listed as e.g.2e.g.3?

saliNov 25 '13 at 22:33

A vertical list IS a bulleted list - so read what Lewis wrote. If you include a list in sentence form (not vertical), the items would be separated by commas or semi-colons. There is never a reason to use e.g. more than once or to add a number to "e.g."

Patty TNov 25 '13 at 23:47

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