Sunday, 18 September 2011

如何正確地用 etc. (et cetera)




以下句子中,etc. 的用法全錯。你知道錯在哪裡嗎? 

Don't forget to bring a pen, an eraser, some paper, and etc.

I went to supermarket and bought vegetables, oranges, and apples, etc. 

大家都知道 etc. 是 et cetera 的簡寫,意思是:等等,以及其他

它的英文意思是 "and other similar things"。

第一句錯是因為 etc. 意思中已包括 "and",所以我們不會說 "and etc.";第二句錯是因為 "apples" 前的 "and" 是多餘的。

上面的例句應改為:

Don't forget to bring a pen, an eraser, some paper, etc. 

I went to supermarket and bought vegetables, oranges, apples, etc.

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