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The long and short form
Etc., is a latin abbreviation meaning ‘and so on’, therefore you don’t ever need to write ‘and etc.’
- Long form = et cetera (traditional way)
- Short form = etc. (equally acceptable, but always with a full-stop after it)
The Pocket Writer’s Handbook by Martin Mander & Stephen Curtis (Penguin Reference Library) describes a common mistake that people make with et cetera. They incorrectly pronounce the first part of the long form as ‘ek’ rather than ‘et (as in wet).
I’ve also found a very good blog by Sherry Coven on using et cetera: Amongst other things, she suggests that you should put a comma before and after the word etc. (languageandgrammar site by Paul Yeager and Sherry Coven – http://languageandgrammar.com/2008/02/11/and-etc/.)
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The Pocket Writer’s Handbook by Martin Mander & Stephen Curtis (Penguin Reference Library)
languageandgrammar site: http://languageandgrammar.com/2008/02/11/and-etc/.)