When a person's name has the letters of (ET AL) behind it, what?

does the (et al) mean? I think it is related to business?

Something like this: Barker, Marrion ET AL?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    et al.

    is an abbreviation for "et alii" - Latin for "and others"

  • 1 decade ago

    It is latin for 'and others'. It is often used when there is a list of names, for example when referencing an essay: there is no need to put the 10 (or so) authors who have written a particular book, simply 'Smith et al'.

    Hope that helps

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    5 years ago

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    When a person's name has the letters of (ET AL) behind it, what?

    does the (et al) mean? I think it is related to business?

    Something like this: Barker, Marrion ET AL?

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  • matt
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    that means "and the rest" Like, Mary Smith was one of the authors on a book that had five authors. you don't want to list all the names so you write Mary Smith et. al.

    When you get stuck on a weird word like this you can usually get a definition by googling for "define et. al."

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It's short for "et alii", which is Latin for "and others".

    As a general rule, the primary authors or editors will be listed by name...the "et al" just recognizes that other people assisted. (Often times it'll be student assistants or interns who are the "others")

  • 1 decade ago

    If it is a group of persons, it is just a way of shortening the whole list. A way of saying etc.

    Like saying Tim and the crew.

  • yumyum
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    It means "among others". This is commonly used in business practices, such as contracts, and also when referencing books, journals, etc, with more than one author or editor.

  • Natal
    Lv 4
    5 years ago

    personletters al

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