I want to know if the following sentence is grammatically correct: "John's largest tomato and largest pumpkin outweighed Bill's by 2 and 17 pounds, respectively."

I am trying to say "John's largest tomato outweighs Bill's largest tomato by 2 pounds and his largest pumpkin outweighs Bill's by 17 pounds."


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Yes, that is correct. It means "separately or individually and in the order already mentioned (used when enumerating two or more items or facts that refer back to a previous statement). [OxfordDictionaries via Google]

  • That usage of respectively is definitely correct, though I wonder if the comma before respectively is always necessary. I would have dropped that comma. Can anyone comment on that? – R.S. Mar 17 '16 at 21:05
  • It is best to check for duplicates before answering. – Edwin Ashworth Mar 17 '16 at 21:59

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