ending a sentence with etc

Ending a Sentence with etc

Ending a sentence with etc. is a fairly common mistake that people often make. It’s usually followed by the word or object pronoun, such as me or us.

Terms such as etc. et al., and &c. are Latin abbreviations that stand for the phrases et cetera (and the rest), “and others” or “and so forth.” Et cetera is often shortened to etc.

For example, you might say, “My mother has three children: Sam, Jack, etc.” If you want to add more names to your list of children, you could say, “My mother has three children: Sam, Jack, and Georgie (etc.).”

The abbreviation et al. stands for “and others” or “other persons/things,” while &c. stands for “and so forth” or “additional items.” For example, suppose you’re listing some books in your library catalog and want to include additional titles that aren’t included in your catalog yet because they haven’t been cataloged yet. In that case, you might write something like this: “We have several novels about vampires &c.”


  1. I bought milk, coffee, bread, etc.
  2. The restaurant serves sushi, steak, chicken, etc.
  3. This car has a leather interior and all the other features plus etc.
  4. We have a lot of work to do, so let’s get started,” etc.
  5. “I’ll be back in a few minutes. Make yourselves at home,” etc.
  6. “We’re going to take a break for lunch. Do you want anything?” etc.
  7. “I’m going out for lunch today and I’ll be back at 1 pm,” etc.
  8. I’ll come to the meeting, but I won’t be able to stay long because I have a lot of work to do, etc.
  9. The other day, the weather was fine, but it rained, etc.
  10. John likes pizza, burgers, tacos, etc.
  11. There are many different kinds of trees in this forest: pine trees, oak trees, maple trees, birch trees, etc.
  12. We’re going to do research on your competitors, the industry in general, etc.
  13. The company employs over 100 people, etc.
  14. I hope you will like our website. We will keep adding more products, etc.
  15. The company has been doing business for over 20 years. It has grown from a small business to a large one, etc.
  16. My mother used to tell me stories when I was very young. The stories were interesting, and I enjoyed them very much etc.
  17. I have been working at this company for three years now. I have learned many things during my time here, etc.
  18. The book contains many stories about famous people in history, such as Julius Caesar and Alexander the Great, etc.
  19. The dog ate my homework etc.
  20. The car needs a new battery etc.
  21. I love coffee, tea, etc.
  22. I live on 19th Street and 5th Avenue, etc.
  23. I have a dog, a cat, a bird, etc.
  24. I went to the store to buy some groceries, and as I walked down the aisle, I saw a box of tea bags, etc.
  25. I went to the store to buy some groceries, and as I was walking down the aisle, I saw a box of tea bags, etc., but it was too expensive, so I bought a bottle of water instead.
  26. I like chocolate ice cream, strawberry ice cream, etc.
  27. We have got two cats, three dogs, etc.
  28. I’m going to need some time to think about it, etc.
  29. She had many accomplishments in her life, etc.
  30. He was a great man who made many contributions to society, etc.
  31. He got up at six o’clock every morning, fed his chickens, did his chores around the barnyard, etc.
  32. He ordered a pizza with pepperoni, sausage, olives, mushrooms, etc.
  33. I like all kinds of music except rap etc.
  34. The concert was great — the music, the food, etc.
  35. I had a great time at the party — the food, etc.
  36. This book is about the history of Europe, America, and Asia, but it also contains information about Africa, Australia, etc.
  37. I love to travel, but I’m afraid I don’t get to see much of the world because of my job, family commitments, etc.
  38. The company has grown rapidly over recent years and has offices in London, New York, Tokyo, etc.
  39. He was a great friend to me during my time in prison – he visited me every week and brought me books, magazines, etc.
  40. We’re having a party on Saturday night – it starts at 8 pm and goes on until midnight; after that, we’ll go to a nightclub or two, etc.
  41. I will need three pens, pencils, and markers. I also need a ruler, calculator, etc.
  42. I have the following items to be sold: toys, books, etc.
  43. He has been a great help: he helped me with my homework, etc.
  44. I have a few questions: how long have you been here? Etc.
  45. We can do many things: go shopping, watch TV, etc.
  46. I bought potatoes, onions, etc.
  47. He’s trying to find work, but with no qualifications and an unimpressive CV, etc., this isn’t easy.
  48. The building is made of concrete, stone, etc.
  49. All the sports equipment was on sale at the store. I bought a football, volleyball, etc.
  50. The building has a swimming pool, gymnasium, etc.
  51. It was very hot yesterday, and we ate ice cream, popcorn, etc.
  52. I want some tea, milk, sugar, etc.
  53. We need more people helping us with this project; I’ll call you later with the list of names etc.
  54. In your writing, you can write out the entire phrase or use it, etc.
  55. The store has a large selection of books, maps, and postcards—not to mention magazines, calendars, etc.
  56. We must pick up the dry cleaning, buy a birthday present for my mother, pay the bills, etc.
  57. They have to clean their room, do their homework, etc.
  58. He has to ask her out on a date, get up early tomorrow morning, etc.
  59. I have three sisters and two brothers, etc.
  60. I like hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken fingers, fries, etc.
  61. I need more milk, cereal, eggs, butter, etc.
  62. I want to thank my parents, sister, friends, etc.
  63. I want to thank the following people for their help: my parents, sister, friends, etc.
  64. I have a lot of work and don’t have time to go on a date, etc.
  65. You should always wear your seatbelt while driving, riding in a car, etc.
  66. Do you know how to swim? I take swimming lessons twice a week, etc.
  67. I have a lot of friends, etc.
  68. We had a party last night, etc.
  69. I’m going to go to the beach this weekend, etc.
  70. I love this song and listen to it daily, etc.

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