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I wonder the correct usage of 'etc.'. It seems to me that some people, they really pursuit thoroughness when they try to list things and they speak etc. at the end like saying "that's all".

For example,

the payment statuses are accepted, expired, cancelled etc.

Are these 3 statuses are all statuses existed, or, there could be more statuses?

Or either case is possible?

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closed as general reference by FumbleFingers, StoneyB, JSBձոգչ, Armen Ծիրունյան, Robusto Oct 30 '12 at 18:16

This question is too basic; it can be definitively and permanently answered by a single link to a standard internet reference source designed specifically to find that type of information.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

General Reference. etc. means and the rest; and so forth, so there must be at least one "similar" thing not listed. In this case, another possible type of status. –  FumbleFingers Oct 30 '12 at 18:09

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