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Re: lynx-dev i.e. nits

From: Henry Nelson
Subject: Re: lynx-dev i.e. nits
Date: Fri, 10 Dec 1999 11:27:43 +0900 (JST)

> >It's one of those things that I was taught a long time ago as proper usage.
> but i.e. means 'that is'.
> I have a green car, i.e. an Emerald Mica Miata.
> Is it really proper to say:
> I have a green car, that is, an Emerald Mica Miata.
> ???
> Sure seems like a comma is misplaced there.  If this really is the proper

I'll side with Tom on the use of commas with "i.e."

        I have a Mack, that is, a big truck for hauling.

        I have a D6 that is a bitch to get started on cold mornings.

        I use a Mac; that is it on the desk by the window.

Only the first of those sentences would use "i.e." instead of "that is,"
that is [to say], the subject and verb for "a big truck" is "I have,"
not "that is."  (That isn't even $0.02.)


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