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  1. bonsaiallen
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    etc. rules

    When etc. is at the end of a sentence, do you add an extra period to denote the sentence ending?

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    Re: etc. rules

    Quote Originally Posted by bonsaiallen View Post
    When etc. is at the end of a sentence, do you add an extra period to denote the sentence ending?
    No.
    I can't think of any situations in which two, and only two, periods (..) would be correct.

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    Re: etc. rules

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    No.
    I can't think of any situations in which two, and only two, periods (..) would be correct.
    - not in English, that is. I believe there are programming languages where it would be OK.

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    Re: etc. rules

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    - not in English, that is. I believe there are programming languages where it would be OK.

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    I can't think of any off-hand. Most of the ones I know, Java, C, Python will throw an error - probably a "No method called . ", "statement expected" or something.
    But a compiler will accept ;; as a statement ending - which is the C type programs period - they simply strip off anything on that line after the ;.
    Of course, there could be programs that would.
    Who knows, maybe some human writing systems allow it as well.

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    Re: etc. rules

    I think BLISS may (System Software Implementation Language Backwards, ho-ho). But I never saw any, let alone wrote it.

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