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Posted by on Thursday, July 9, 2009 at 10:10am.

1. There are starfish, jellyfish, sea anemones, sea horses, sea urchins, etc in the ocean.

2. There are starfishes, jellyfishes, sea anemones, sea horses, sea urchins, etc in the ocean.

(Which expression is correct?)

  • English - , Thursday, July 9, 2009 at 10:15am

    Common usage for the plural of fish, starfish, and jellyfish is the same: fish, starfish, and jellyfish.

    So 1) is correct. I remember in the King James version of the Bible, fishes was plural, but no longer.

  • English - , Thursday, July 9, 2009 at 10:19am

    etc. is an abbreviation and has a period following.

  • English - , Thursday, July 9, 2009 at 10:23am

    Since "etc." is an abbreviation for the Latin, "et cetera," it is typically followed by a period.

    I hope this helps a little more. Thanks for asking.

  • English - , Thursday, July 9, 2009 at 10:37am

    In addition to adding a period after "etc." you also need to add a comma since you are ending a series.

    "...sea urchins, etc., in the ocean."

    From http://www.bartleby.com/141/strunk.html
    in Section 3:
    "The abbreviations etc. and jr. are always preceded by a comma, and except at the end of a sentence, followed by one."

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