Q: In my manuscript, how should I use "etc." inside a parenthesis at the end of a sentence?
What's the proper structure for writing "etc." at the end of a sentence when it's at the end of a parenthesis phrase that is only part of the sentence? Is the following correct? "....(a,b,c, etc.)."
When using "etc." in parenthesis, you should use it in the same way as you would use it in a regular sentence:
Example: I prefer healthy food such as fruits, vegetables, cereals, etc.
Now if you use "etc." in parenthesis at the end of a sentence, you will need to put a "period" after the parenthesis.
Example: My roommate has burgers, pizzas, and carbonated drinks on a daily basis, but I prefer healthy food (fruits, vegetables, cereal, etc.).
Hope this helps.