With Respect to Respectively

Published on 07 Dec, 2016

Generic Grammar

Respectively means each separately/individually according to its situation, and as such has got nothing to do with the word respect.

It helps in communicating clearly and, therefore, is a key tool of respectable writing. Respectively, however, is often used unnecessarily. The sentences below will help you distinguish the required usage from the superfluous one:


Incorrect

The company’s revenue rose 2% in 2014 and 3% in 2015, respectively.


Correct

The company’s revenue rose 2% and 3% in 2014 and 2015, respectively.




Make it Easy

If respectively appears in the middle of a sentence, it is preceded and followed by a comma; if the word comes at the end of a sentence, it is only preceded by a comma and (needless to say) followed by a full stop.




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