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In a sentence like

Should we host them on imgur et cetera?

where I want to abbreviate the "et cetera", what is the correct punctuation? Using a period after the "etc." like mid sentence usages seems wrong as it looks like a full stop when I read it.

Should we host them on imgur etc.?

Or is this the correct usage?

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Yes, it is acceptable to use a question mark immediately after an abbreviation ending in a period.

In the case of an interrogative or exclamatory sentence ending with an abbreviation, a question or exclamation mark can still be added (e.g., Are you Gabriel Gama, Jr.?).

From Wikipedia.

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Am I the only person who got to the end of this quote and started considering how many times I could nest examples to get lots of punctuation validly adjacent at the end of a sentence? This could be a fun contest! ^_^ –  Scivitri Apr 4 '11 at 23:28
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Let's see it, then. –  HaL Apr 5 '11 at 1:22
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