etc vs. et vs. al – The Correct Way to Use Each | Confusing Words
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Etc.

Definition:

continuing in the same way (stands for Latin: et cetera)

Examples:

Add vegetables to the soup: celery, cabbage, carrots, etc.

VS.

Et al.

Definition:

And others ('et al.' is used as an abbreviation of 'et alii' (masculine plural) or 'et aliae' (feminine plural) or 'et alia' (neuter plural) when referring to a number of people)

Examples:

The data was reported by Smith et al.

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