Misused Words

Respectfully and Respectively

Respectfully means politely.

He respectfully requested that the children not walk on his lawn.

Respectively means in the order named.

John, Peter, and Bob won $100, $200, and $300, respectively, at the casino.

This sentence informs us that John won $100, Peter won $200, and Bob won $300.

Practice

Choose the correct answer for each of the two practice sentences below by clicking on the correct answer.

(1) Sales at Nissan and Honda fell 33% and 39% (respectfully, respectively) during the past year.

(2) The policeman (respectfully, respectively) requested that the driver get out of his car.

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