How to Use E.G. in an Essay
- 1). Insert your examples into the text of your essay by placing a comma after your main statement, then writing "e.g.," before your list of examples and then another comma before returning to your statement. For instance, "A side in baseball consists of nine players, e.g., outfielders, infielders, a pitcher and a catcher, and the game uses many pieces of equipment, e.g., bats, gloves and bases." Alternatively, put your examples in parentheses. For instance, "A side in baseball consists of nine players (e.g., outfielders, infielders, a pitcher and a catcher) and the game uses many pieces of equipment (e.g., bats, gloves and bases)."
- 2). Narrow down and introduce a topic, offering various examples sharing similar characteristics. For instance, "Many occupations, e.g., receptionist, sales clerk, bus driver, require that you deal with the public, but only waiters have to do so while carrying heavy loads of hot food."
- 3). Clarify the main topic of your essay. For instance, writing an essay about how legislation is passed in Congress, list the various elements in this process to make it less vague for your reader. Write "The various actors in lawmaking, e.g., representatives, senators and the president, all contribute in different ways."
- 4). Transition from one paragraph or idea to another. For instance, in an essay about running use e.g. to move from a paragraph about positive health benefits into a paragraph about negative effects. Write "While running, as we have seen, is good for your body (e.g., it can lower cholesterol) it can also have negative effects (e.g., it can put strain on the heart)."