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What does the abbreviation et al. stand for? Meaning: and others.
It is important to use these abbreviations literally and to punctuate them correctly. Many writers confuse "e.g." and "i.e.," and many type "et al." improperly or do ...
Even if you don't speak Latin, you should know the two meanings of et al. Learn what et al. is, how to use it, and what mistakes to avoid.
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