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(1) I much prefer the periods. We dealing with abbreviated words.

(2) I encounter this all the time. Maybe once a week or so. (Sometimes more if I'm grading a stack of papers). Secretaries writing emails, memos and committee minutes do it, although they're not the only ones! The other day I saw a contract that reads "AC will reimburse driving costs (at the standard government rate per mile) and incidental expenses (i.e., parking, tolls) incurred during T's travel ..." This sentence needs e.g, not i.e.; the tolls and the parking costs are mentioned as examples.

Sometimes I see younger people write ex. instead of e.g.. At least that doesn't halt me in my reading like the first case does. But I think a good use of i.e. and e.g. is best of all.

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