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When using the word ‘etcetera’ to denote that the things you’ve mentioned are not all inclusive, note that you have to include the word ‘and’ or ‘or’ before the last item on your list. For example, the following are wrong:

James bought chicken, vegetables, rice, etcetera.

James will only buy two things: chicken, vegetables, rice, etcetera.

The correct way of writing these is:

James bought chicken, vegetables and rice, etcetera.

James will only buy two things: chicken, vegetables or rice, etcetera.

~ Extract from the Editors’ Bible.


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