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Proper grammar/puctuation help

Discussion in 'General Chit-Chat' started by "Deposit Please", Feb 28, 2011.

  1. "Deposit Please"

    "Deposit Please" Active Member

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    I'm lettering up a van and i just want to make sure we use proper grammar/punctuation. My main concern is the etc. Should i add a few dots before or after etc or is it good as you read it. Seems simple, but i want to get it right. Let me know if anything else is off. thanks


    MoonWalks,
    Obstacle Courses,
    Slides, etc.
    222.222.2222
     
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  2. rushworks graphics

    rushworks graphics Very Active Member

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    we do it like this etc.... seems to be the way most people do it around here anyways, never had anyone say anything.
     
  3. Firefox

    Firefox Active Member

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    Putting an ellipsis after etc. almost seem like daja vu... all over again!

    :ROFLMAO:
     
  4. thewood

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    The ellipsis is not necessary. You have it correct. The abbreviation for "et cetera" should be preceded by a comma and followed by a period.
     
  5. "Deposit Please"

    "Deposit Please" Active Member

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    so what's your take ...etc. or etc... i dunno. Going on a van for very long-term, otherwise i would let it go.
     
  6. thewood

    thewood Very Active Member

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    Correct!
     
  7. "Deposit Please"

    "Deposit Please" Active Member

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    Ellipsis not necessary? thanks for all your help guys. Once in a while, i will stumble over little things.
     
  8. WildWestDesigns

    WildWestDesigns Major Contributor

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    Always try to get around it by putting in "and more" if the concern is that profound. Times like this I wish I had kept my grammar book handy.
     
  9. thewood

    thewood Very Active Member

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    Neither. It should read:

    MoonWalks, Obstacle Courses, Slides, etc.

    The ellipsis would be redundant.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Et_cetera
     
  10. "Deposit Please"

    "Deposit Please" Active Member

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    :thankyou:
     
  11. James Burke

    James Burke Being a grandpa is more fun than working

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    Instead of "etc.", just use the word "whatnot". It'll do just as well.

    JB
     
  12. Jillbeans

    Jillbeans Major Contributor

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    I think you should use the archaic abbreviation:
    &ct.
    But then again I've been reading a lot of Jane Austen.
    Love....Jill
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    I'm kidding, I agree with post #9.
    Whatever you do...DON'T use "& More!" God I hate that.
     
  13. WildWestDesigns

    WildWestDesigns Major Contributor

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    I don't like it either, but if it's a choice of that or making a grammatical mistake, which one would be the lesser of two evils? Now, I have put "and more" but that under direction to do so. There is a sign in one of the hick towns around here that did a mistake with a contraction. I doubt most of them notice it, but I hate seeing it every time I have to go in and out of the town(it's on the back side of the town's "welcome sign").

    Now, "whatnot" would make me pull my hair out. I hope that was an exaggeration for effect.
     
  14. MikePro

    MikePro Major Contributor

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    etc. = and MORE!
    ...just a thought
     
  15. WildWestDesigns

    WildWestDesigns Major Contributor

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    It just sounds better in latin.
     
  16. ddarlak

    ddarlak Trump Hater

    if someone is using etc on their vehicle, i think they are going for redundancy....

    it's advertising, not grammer class. you want to make a point, not teach a class...

    its' etc... all the way!!!!
     
  17. WildWestDesigns

    WildWestDesigns Major Contributor

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    Bad grammar can take away from the point of the ad. Depends on the target audience, and the grammatical infraction. If it's some esoteric flaw, I doubt that'll get noticed, but if it's an obvious run-on, you might have some issue.

    Spelling and grammar are quality control issues in my book. That reflects on the quality of the person that you hired to do the job and on you as well, because you allowed that copy to go to print. But that's just me.
     
  18. Jim Doggett

    Jim Doggett Very Active Member

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    Take a tip from the world's most successful retailer (Wal-mart Stores). No punctuation is better.

    Even in ad copy in magazine, the rule is limit punctuation. It's less visually appealing and appears in some studies I've read to reduce readership. The thought is it breaks it up and thus people find a stopping point sooner.
     
  19. ddarlak

    ddarlak Trump Hater

    given...

    i still stand by my point, if your using etc in advertising, you mean more than the written word... more than grammer can justify...

    ...
     
  20. Edserv

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    Why not take advantage of this>>>>CALL TODAY?

    Or, what I really mean is, bla, bla, bla, ETC>>>>Here's What I Really Mean! Call Now!

    Etc, Etc, Etc, Etc,>>>>>>Call Now For 20% OFF Your Next Purchase!
     
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