Should there always be punctuation before and after the expression etc (et cetera)?The word etc is short for the experession et cetera & we use it to refer to additional things. I would like to know whether it is mandatory to have punctuation marks before and after it. That is, should there be a comma before it and a full stop (period) after it?
Is it Ok for example to write like this:
Pradeep bought shoes, shirts, ties etc at the discount sale.
It must be written like this:
Pradeep bought shoes, shirts, ties, etc. at the discount sale.