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Atatürk
Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2019 9:45:00 AM

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Is the use of "inter alia" correct in the following sentence?

We are encouraged to eat food which contains a lot of fiber, inter alia, fruit and vegetables.

Ite, maledicti, in ignem aeternum!
thar
Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2019 10:03:37 AM

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No, it really doesn't work.

1 - it means 'among other things', so it concludes the idea.
You don't list the other things afterwards! So your sentence doesn't work if you replace it with 'amongst other things', and it should.

"contains a lot of fiber, amongst other things, fruit and vegetables."

That doesn't work. You say 'amongst other things' but then the list continues. It is not a separate item on a list - it belongs with the first item, and it concludes the list.

food contains fibre. But food does not contain fruit and vegetables.
So these are different items:
food which contains lots of fibre
fruit
vegetables

if you put 'amongst other things', that is things that are contained in food, like vitamins, or iron. But just saying
that contains lots of fiber, amongst other things.
is not useful - what other things?



2 - register

Inter alia (amongst others) is a Latin phrase. It is formal, and there is no good reason to use it if you mean 'amongst other things'. It just sounds pretentious outside of formal or legal setting.


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