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    ... [,]respectively.

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by dillseed, May 19, 2014.

    Does a sentence-ending 'respectively' always have a comma before it?

    E.g.:

    The three jobs took 5, 12, and 4½ hours, respectively.
     
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    I think so.
     
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    Yes, a comma is needed. But the way you use "respectively" is incorrect in this case. You need a parallel list to be able to use it. For example:

    "Job A, job B, and job C took 2, 3, and 5 hours, respectively."

    In your example, the order of the three jobs is unclear, so unless the jobs are listed in order in the previous sentence, you'd need to use a parallel list like I did.
     
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    Thank you.
     

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