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

Subject: Re: including "and so on" in a "such as" list ...
From: "Monique Semp" <monique -dot- semp -at- earthlink -dot- net>
To: "TechWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 4 Dec 2015 12:17:28 -0800

So lots of replies confirming that including âand so onâ in a "such as" list is wrong.

But only one reply (saying it's not so bad because it does clarify things for people who don't realize that the "such as" lead-in implies that there are likely more item than are listed) to the real question: how awful is it to write a redundant, "incorrect" sentence?

I don't believe that such people are limited to ESL readers. But even if they were (only ESL readers), they're the majority of the docs' audience.

**** So I'd like opinions as to whether it's better to stay "pure" with the writing or to be incorrect but sure that nobody will misunderstand.

(In the particular case Iâm concerned with, I'm going to go with the correct choice. It's in text where it wonât really matter if people don't realize that there are more items than are given in the "such as" list.)

-Monique

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