How do you use etc and eg in a sentence?
For example, “e.g. apple, oranges, etc.” Technically, you can probably use “i.e. apples, oranges, etc.” since it says “that is, apples, oranges, and so on.” Rule #2: Use periods as they’re abbreviations.
Can etc be used in formal writing?
The expression “et cetera” is rarely used. Its abbreviation “etc.” is discouraged in formal writing; CMOS recommends that, if used, it should be confined to parenthetical material or lists and tables. For the use of commas with “etc.” and some of its English equivalents, see CMOS 6.20.
What is etc an example of?
Etc. is an abbreviation for et cetera and is defined as meaning and so forth. An example of the usage of etc. is in the sentence, “Please purchase some fruit such as apples, oranges, etc.,” which means “Please purchase some fruit such as apples, oranges and more.” Et cetera.
How do you use etc at the end of a list?
The abbreviation etc. is from the Latin et cetera, which means “and other things.” It appears at the end of a list when there is no point in giving more examples. Writers use it to say, “And so on” or “I could go on” or “You get the idea.” In American English, etc. ends in a period, even midsentence.
What can I say instead of etc?
In this page you can discover 12 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for et cetera or etc., like: and-so-on, and-so-forth, and others, and all the rest, along with others, and on and on, et al., and-the-like, whatever, and-all and whatnot.
What can I use instead of ETC in formal writing?
A good way to test whether etc. is appropriate is to substitute “and so on” or “and so forth.” If those synonyms make sense, you can use etc. You should never use “and et cetera.” Remember, et means “and.” “And et cetera” is redundant. Usage note: Don’t use a comma after etc.
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