I'm writing a thesis in English (I'm not a native speaker) and I suddenly wondered:
should I use 'for example' or 'e.g.'?
should try to completely avoid both?
There are no university specific recommendations for it afaik and other thesis in my department differ greatly from each other (don't get me wrong - this makes total sense to me as it is probably one of the least significant things :D).
I saw theses with only for example / mostly e.g. / neither of those terms.
I like the example of the usage from here, especially this part:
Please note that when submitting essays or theses to universities in Australia, it is preferred that you only use e.g. within parentheses, such as in the following examples:
‘Many people thought that John had a large collection of classic cars, (e.g., a Rolls Royce Phantom, a Phaeton and an MG), which he kept in a large warehouse.’
‘Joan had errors in her essay (e.g., no commas).’
And then they add:
Otherwise, it is preferable for you to use ‘for example’ rather than ‘e.g.’
But that's where new questions arise:
- How to exactly use 'for example' then?
- Based on what can I decide if I should choose one or the other?
- Is this only specific for Australian- or other English universities too?
And here a few actual sentences from my thesis:
Other XML tags for visual components, collision objects and more configurations can also be defined. For example: using the
<visual>tag the model can be graphically displayed.
Including other files, which enables model files to be created as reusable modules, e.g., for loading different robot models into the same environment.
It can display model files and data from topics, e.g., camera data.