Formally/Formerly

M. P. Moore

Read the statements below carefully and choose the correct word. Remember the differences between the words.

Formally means properly or officially (adv.)

Formerly means earlier (adv.)


  1. I recognize her face, but she and I never have been introduced (formally/formerly).
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  3. Having (formally/formerly) served as a public relations officer for a tobacco company, Hank currently edits a Washington-based news magazine.
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  5. Just as the waiter sat us at our table a surly-looking stranger approached us and (formally/formerly) served us with a summons to appear in court.
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  7. (Formally/Formerly) envied the world over, the National Aeronautics Space Administration, also known as NASA, has suffered a series of recent set backs, not the least of which has been waning public interest.
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  9. Tenants were so outraged when they learned that the city was planning to build a landfill less than one mile away from their apartment that they (formally/formerly) lodged a complaint in court.
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