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Is elakh a word for etc. or is that Arabic?

I recently got a Farsi teacher but he is Iraqi. I asked him how you say etc. and he say elakh الخ and he said that و غیره meant so on. My Iranian friend said she had never heard of elakh before and said tht you should just say ghereh. Do Iranians say and understand elakh? I don't want to say it if it's Arabic. Thanks

For learning: Persian (Farsi)
Base language: English
Category: Language

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    You are right. It is the short form for "ela akhar" which means "and so on".

    Hi, I have no idea what 'elakh' is, but I can guess it's an Arabic saying for 'etc'. In Persian language you can say 'ela akhar' and 'gheyre' interchangeably. 'ela akhar' literally means 'until the end'.

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