Misused Words

Formally and Formerly

Formally, an adverb, means according to established rules.

The chancellor of the university formally addressed the graduates.

Formerly, an adverb, means in the past or previously.

The university student had formerly attended a private school.

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

(1) The mayor (formally, formerly) addressed the delegates to the convention.

(2) He was (formally, formerly) a doctor before he became a lawyer.

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