taking unncessary space after e.g. or i.e. [duplicate]

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Is a period after an abbreviation the same as an end of sentence period?

Hi, I often use the abbreviations e.g. and i.e. when writing. The period after these abbreviations makes LaTeX to think that it's an end of a sentence and thus starts the next word that follows with some unnecessary indentation or advance. Is there a way to automatically instruct LaTeX to not do this? I believe that one can always design a macro and then use some command like \kern (I'm only guessing here). But before I try to make such a macro, I would like to know if more elegant solutions exist.

Thanks a lot

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marked as duplicate by Caramdir, lockstep, Lev Bishop, Taco Hoekwater, vandenSep 4 '10 at 17:20

Very similar to tex.stackexchange.com/questions/2229/… (although probably not a duplicate, the answer is going to be similar!) –  Joseph Wright Sep 4 '10 at 11:46
The way I understand the question, it is a duplicate. @yCalleecharan if the other question is not what you expect, please tell us. –  Caramdir Sep 4 '10 at 11:54
Thanks for pointing that a similar question exists. I didn't know. So yes, it's ok for me to close this post. –  yCalleecharan Sep 4 '10 at 17:33