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Usage Glossary: A B C D E F G H I K L M N O P Q R S T U V W Y

etc.

The abbreviation etc. comes from theLatin et cetera, meaning "and the like" or "and soforth." Since and is part of the meaning, andshould not be used with etc.


Unacceptable

He brought goggles, gloves, respirators, andetc.

Acceptable

He brought goggles, gloves, respirators,etc.


Do not place etc. at the end of a list that begins withfor example, including, or such as. Thesephrases already suggest the inclusion of other things.


Unacceptable

He brought safety equipment, such as goggles, gloves,respirators, etc.

Acceptable

He brought safety equipment, such as goggles, gloves andrespirators.


Generally, use a phrase such as and so on, and soforth or and the like rather than etc..


Weak

He brought goggles, gloves, respirators,etc.

Improved

He brought goggles, gloves, respirators, and soforth.


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