Grammar-What is the mean of etc?

Do USA speakers use the word etc? What is the meaning?

For example, I woke up, did exercises, wash clothes, etc...

4 Answers

  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago
    Favourite answer

    used at the end of a list to indicate that further, similar items are included.

    "protect seedling from damage caused by feet, lawnmowers, pets, etc."

  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    "et cetera" is just posh for "andsoforth"

  • John P
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    The word comes from Latin 'et cetera' = and other things.

    Etc is in general use in Britain and, I presume, in all other parts of the English-speaking world.  It is a very useful word. (or should I call it an abbreviation?)

    In your example:  ".. did exercises, washed clothes, etc."  Be consistent in verb tense.

  • 4 weeks ago

    The commonly used adverb comes from the Latin "et cetera" (and so on). It is often used conversationally at the end of a sentence when a list of similar things is too tedious or annoying to be continued.  If you don't want to use it, you can say:  .... "which includes: a,b.c,d and similar things"

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