etc/and so on

westwind

Senior Member
Chinese
When we give a list without listing everything,we use" etc." or "and so on." For example: the artifacts include pottery,bronzes, silver wares, etc. But I heard that etc. is oral English and should not be used in a formal text such as an archaeological report, so I decide to use "and so on". Can anyone tell me "and so on" is the right phrase I am looking for? Thanks!
 
  • Giorgio Spizzi

    Senior Member
    Italian
    Hullo, west.

    I have the impression that all three of the following are suitable both in speaking and in writing:

    etc.
    and so on (a.s.o.)
    an so forth (a.s.f.)

    GS
     

    Myridon

    Senior Member
    English - US
    I agree with e2efour on both points. Et cetera (and others, and the rest) is precisely what you mean. "And so on" and "and so forth" are vague hand waving, and so on and so forth, blah blah blah, yadda yadda yadda. ;)
     
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