W. Wright, Biology student, Biology student, Astoria
Answered on Sep 20, 2019
ETC is an abbreviation for the word “Et Cetera.” It is a phrase in Latin that means “and so forth.” “Et” means “and”; “Cetera” stands for “rest.” The literal meaning of Et Cetera is “and rest.”
This phrase has been adopted into the English language, and in most cases, it is used as, etc. It is used to refer to the continuation of similar or collective things. We use it when we do not want to mention more similar items in the description. Example in a sentence: “The colors of the rainbow include: Red, orange, yellow, blue, etc.”.
B. Tiffney, Computer Engineer, M. Tech, Southeast Montgomery
Answered on May 23, 2019
Etc is the abbreviation for Et Cetera. It is a Latin word, but it is generally written as etc. There are a lot of people who just use acronyms without knowing what their full form are. Et Cetera is an expression which is widely used by people today. Have you ever had a long list of things or items to mention in your writing but you got tired along the way.
That's understandable but to save yourself the stress, you can simply put the acronym 'etc' at the end of the tenth item. Etc is used to keep a sentence as short as possible especially when you have a long list of items to write. For instance, example of farm tools are cutlass, hoe, spade etc. The acronym is useful because it saves time. Etc is usually used at the end of a sentence. And you can use it both in formal or informal writing.
The full form of ETC is actually Et Cetera. This is a Latin word which means “and other things.” This is also how we use the word etc. For instance, we may want to say a few of the ingredients that will be used to bake a cake but it has already been discussed earlier. You can say a few of the ingredients again and say etc.
This will mean all of the other ingredients that you have stated earlier that you do not need to say anymore now. This can also be used for other stuff for sure that you do not need to state again especially if you have already mentioned those things earlier.
Et cetera is the full form of ETC. Et cetera is a Latin word which 'means and so on' and 'and other things'. We generally use Etc at the end of a sentence especially when we are making example of some things, the moment we include etc, it means you are referring to other examples that are related to what you are discussing.
For example, the following are the examples of stationery; book, pen, pencil, eraser etc, the etc you included means other examples of stationery materials you can think of. It is being used most times to shorten the continuity of a sentence especially when you are listing items.
The word 'Et cetera' has been adopted from Latin to English and it's short form is etc. Also, etc is used when you have more similar items in series or list and you don’t want to mention everything, then you can use the word ETC.