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How should I terminally punctuate etc. when it's used at the end of a series of questions?

How's your brother? Did you get the job? Are you feeling better? Etc.?

Is this right, or do I use a period?

How's your brother? Did you get the job? Are you feeling better? Etc.

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    Regardless of grammar, if someone wrote etc. after a personal question, I'd take it to mean they weren't that interested in the answer. – user13141 Oct 25 '11 at 18:32
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Each question is a separate sentence. The Etc. also forms its own sentence, but isn't a question in itself, so I would go for the second one:

How's your brother? Did you get the job? Are you feeling better? Etc.

A better option may be to rewrite to avoid the etc. altogether.

This answer is with British English. It may be the same with American English.

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"Etc." isn't a question. Here, it indicates "and other similar questions." Thus, no question mark is needed.

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