Re: including "and so on" in a "such as" list ...

Subject: Re: including "and so on" in a "such as" list ...
From: Robin Whitmore <rwhitmore -at- weebly -dot- com>
To: Lesli Ritchie <Lesli -dot- Ritchie -at- mediware -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 4 Dec 2015 09:58:13 -0800

I think in these days of more casual writing, and the audience becoming
more used to that, using "and so on," or even "etc." is not a bad thing. In
fact, in reading your sentences about wild animals, I definitely noticed
the difference between the two, and had a better understanding in the first
sentence that there are quite a few more animals to be aware of. So if your
SMEs feel strongly that readers need to have that understanding of "more,"
then there's no reason to not include "and so on." Especially if it
clarifies.

On Fri, Dec 4, 2015 at 8:14 AM, Lesli Ritchie <Lesli -dot- Ritchie -at- mediware -dot- com>
wrote:

> Hi Monique,
>
> I agree with you that it's not necessary to add "and so on." It's
> redundant and (at least in my humble opinion) sounds a little hokey.
>
> -Lesli
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> Subject: including "and so on" in a "such as" list ...
>
> Hello, WR-L-ers,
>
> I know (?) that itâs incorrect to end a list preceded by âsuch asâ with
> âand so on.â After all, the âsuch asâ list, by definition, doesnât include
> the complete list of possibilities. But Iâve had more than one reviewer
> want to include âetc.â so that itâs explicitly stated and doubly-clear that
> not everything is included in the list.
>
> By way of example: âBe careful when approaching wild animals, such as
> wildebeests, unicorns, elephants, and so onâ, instead of the correct form,
> âBe careful when approaching wild animals, such as wildebeests, unicorns,
> and elephants.â
>
> How awful is it to include the âand so onâ to make sure that the sentence
> is clear for readers who arenât likely to notice/know the rule about âsuch
> asâ vs. âthat isâ (e.g., vs. i.e.)?
>
> -Monique
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References:
including "and so on" in a "such as" list ...: From: Monique Semp
RE: including "and so on" in a "such as" list ...: From: Lesli Ritchie

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