Learn English – Can e.g. be used in the end of a sentence in place of “for example”


It is said that e.g. (informally also written as eg.) is a abbreviated Latin phrase used in place of "for example".

Reference: here, here & here


Asia is a large continent containing many large nations (For example, China, India and Russia).

can also be written as the following by replacing "For example" by "e.g"

Asia is a large continent containing many large nations (e.g., China, India and Russia).

Is this "replacement" also valid when used in a case like this:

… and that is why Democratic countries often end up with higher rate of corruption. Take US & India for example.

Can the last sentence of above example be rewritten as:

Take US & India e.g.


I know that somehow it is incorrect but I am not aware of the reason.

Best Answer

All the relevant information seems already to be in this thread, so this is "icing" on the pre-existing "cake".

The reason that "e.g." should introduce a list rather than terminate the giving of an example lies in the Latin itself. "exempli" = "(an) example", "gratia" = "for the sake of". The natural sense, then, is to supply a helpfulexample or examples (but not exhaustive list) for something just mentioned.

"For example" is a common gloss for the Latin "exempli gratia", but not a precise translation. "E.g.", then, shouldn't simply be used wherever "for example" can be used.

In short, and to cite the authority of Brian Garner, Garner's Modern American Usage (OUP, 2009), p. 295, "e.g. introduces representative examples" (emphasis added). One might add, by implication, "it doesn't conclude them".