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    Default Repetition?

    Needn't we use etc. after such as...?
    For example, "We need to buy some fruit, such as bananas, oranges, grapes, etc."
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    Default Re: Repetition?

    We use etc. when there are things we don't want to bother to (and don't need to) mention specifically.

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    Default Re: Repetition?

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    We use etc. when there are things we don't want to bother to (and don't need to) mention specifically.

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    Thanks, RonBee. In other words, the sentence with "such as + etc." is acceptable?

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    Default Re: Repetition?

    It's acceptable, but redundant.

    Either 'such as' or 'etc.' would be enough to point that you need to buy more than only bananas, oranges and grapes.

    In formal /scientific writings the use of 'etc.' is to avoid, as it is nothing more than a filler.
    Last edited by Snowcake; 21-Apr-2008 at 13:15.

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    Default Re: Repetition?

    Quote Originally Posted by Deepurple View Post
    Thanks, RonBee. In other words, the sentence with "such as + etc." is acceptable?
    Not to me. That is because of the weirdness factor. That is, it is the kind of a sentence I would never expect to see. If you have one you don't need the other, and you never see them together.


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