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I want to express that I went to lots of countries.

I've been to lots of countries like UK, Germany, US and...

Should I use ... or many others or rest of it or ? Please give me some suggestions. Thank you.

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  • I would stick to "I have visited over 30 countries." If you want to stress certain types of countries, say European or Western or whatever. – JonLarby Feb 6 '18 at 16:15
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    I've been to lots of countries, such as UK, Germany, US, etc. I've been to lots of countries, such as UK, Germany, US, and more/others. – jimm101 Feb 6 '18 at 20:52
  • The usual way of expressing your idea of 'rest of it' is et cetera, which is Latin for 'and the rest', usually abbreviated to etc. – Kate Bunting Feb 7 '18 at 9:41
  • @KateBunting A, B, C and etc? – Stallman Feb 7 '18 at 9:54
  • 'Et' means 'and', so it's just 'A, B, C etc.' – Kate Bunting Feb 7 '18 at 17:46
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There's a general way to list items in English. What really changes is your style of expression.

Consider the following sample format:

I've been to A, B, and C location.

When you list items, you must use a comma ( , ) to separate the items. The final item is usually preceded with the word "and" to mark the end of the list. Whether the final item with "and" is preceded with a comma or not is a topic of debate and the answer changes by region, but in American English, the standard is to use a list-ending comma, as in the example above.

As for the style choice, you can choose to express yourself in various ways.

To number the amount of places you've been, for example:

I've been to five (different) countries.

To name each of those countries:

I've been to Italy, France, Spain, Belgium, and Greece.

To name some of them but not all of them:

I've been to Italy, France, and (a few others/three others).

...or this way, maybe:

I've been to Italy, France, and Spain, to name a few.

You might try adding some additional detail:

I went to Italy for three days, then I stayed in France for one, and then I visited Spain for two more days.

The general gist is that you use a comma between list items, and end your final item with a comma and "and" before the last item. How you express your list is then a matter of style.

  • Is 'many others' or 'rest of it' appropriate? – Stallman Feb 7 '18 at 8:18
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    @Stallman that depends on context. For example: "I've been to Italy, France, and many other countries." Or: "I've been to Italy, France, England, and the rest of the United Kingdom." These are proper, but constructions like "I've been to Italy, France, and the rest of it." would only make someone ask you "The rest of what? Europe? The world?" – psosuna Feb 7 '18 at 19:13
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I think it depends on the task. Telling how long and for what reason, would give more occupational insights. To rattle down a bunch of visits hasn't great informative character. Telling, I dealt with several development projects for my company in China, Germany and France. I enclosed a project-listing with more details on length and scopes (job describtions).

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