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    Comma before "etc."

    In William Strunk, Jr.'s "The Elements of Style", I found the following sentence beyond my comprehension. Would you please explain it to me and give me an example?
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    "The abbreviations etc. and jr. are always preceded by a comma, and except at the end of a sentence, followed by one."

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    Re: Comma before "etc."

    Quote Originally Posted by Deepurple View Post
    "The abbreviations etc. and jr. are always preceded by a comma, and except at the end of a sentence, followed by one."
    Use a comma before AND after "etc." and "Jr."
    Do this unless it is the last word in the sentence. In that case, use a comma before, but not after.

    Peter J. Smith, Jr., was the keynote speaker.
    The keynote speakers was Peter J. Smith, Jr.

    I just got some eggs, milk, bread, etc., when I ran to the store.
    When I ran to the store I got eggs, milk, bread, etc.

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