Writing Tips for Technical Folks

The information below are tidbits I have collected while writing this blog.  Some of them I always suspected and never figured out, others I knew about and did not care.  Enjoy!!

Using “e.g.” versus “i.e.”

I always knew there was a difference but never understood it.  Now I get it.  If you think of “e.g.” as the words “For Example” and “i.e.” as “In Essence” it should correct most of your misuse.  See the great info on WikiHow


Or just do a Internet search on “i.e. vs e.g.” and loads of information will show up.

The Passive Voice

Oh man this one is tough.  In fact, I don’t even want to tackle it now.  I will have to come back to this one.

“Assure” versus “Insure” versus “Ensure”

This one is more of a pet peeve of mine.  It really gets down to definition.  Look them up.  I found the info below on some obscure website but it is nice and concise

Basically, the words assure, ensure and insure all mean the same thing: to guarantee or to promise that something is true or that something will happen. But there are slight differences between them:

Assure means to say or write the guarantee:
He assured me that the product would be delivered tomorrow.

Ensure means to do something to make sure or guarantee that something happens:
A firewall helps to ensure that hackers don’t attack your PC.

Insure means to guarantee something with insurance or other financial instruments:
In most countries you need to insure your car against accidents.


I guess that is it for now.  More to come later.

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