How to Pronounce ET CETERA

How to Pronounce ET CETERA

Learn how to pronounce et cetera correctly by understanding the syllables.
et cetera (Latin: ‘and so on’)

The word et cetera is made up of 4 syllables.

When you say et cetera, stress the 2nd syllable.
Not: ex- SET-er-ah

Non-standard alternative: ek-SEH-trah

In the picture we see electrical items in a large store.

The sentence reads: In English, ‘white goods’ refers to large electrical items for the house, such as washing machines, refrigerators, freezers, etc.

Notice how et cetera was pronounced with stress on the 2nd syllable.

Examples of et cetera from news items:

“It’s the same thing if you look at universities in Sweden – more women than men. That means more female lawyers, female doctors, etcetera.”
Source: The Washington Times

“Bearing in mind that there are so many things happening in Hong Kong, we think that human rights, press freedom, freedom of speech etcetera, are all under threat,” Karl Lee, a 32-year-old protester, said.
Source: Reuters

Resistance to American Apartheid took place in the consumer’s republic — shopping, consumer goods, cars, clothes, home furnishings, travel, etcetera.
Source: Salon

We are intrinsically good; they are intrinsically bad, defective, subhuman, etcetera,” said David Livingstone Smith, a philosophy professor who studies dehumanization and racism and wrote a book on the subject, “Less Than Human.”
Source: The Washington Post

“We will get back to stadiums and watching football, basketball, baseball, etcetera, there is no question,” said Ryan Demmer, an epidemiologist at the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health.
Source: Seattle Times

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Slide 6 – white goods
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