formally vs formerly : Common Errors in English

About formally vs formerly

These two are often mixed up in speech. If you are doing something in a formal manner, you are behaving formally; but if you previously behaved differently, you did so formerly.

formally Meaning(s)

  • (r) with official authorization
  • (r) in a formal manner

formerly Meaning(s)

  • (r) at a previous time

formally in News

  1. Switzerland Questions U.S. Over CIA Drunk Driving Gambit

    The Swiss government has formally asked the U.S. for “clarification” on a claim from alleged NSA leaker Edward Snowden that CIA agents in Geneva pushed a banker to drink and drive as part of a dangerous recruitment ploy. Snowden, the man who claims to have...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: ABC News via Yahoo! News

  2. FDA formally rejects Aveo Pharmaceuticals application for approval of kidney cancer drug

    Federal regulators have formally rejected Aveo Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s application to sell its kidney cancer drug in the US, the Cambridge company said Monday.        
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Boston Globe

  3. Krystal Kersey formally charged with murder, bond set at $100,000

    GAUTIER, Mississippi -- 25-year-old Krystal Kersey was formally charged with murdering her husband of two months, 24-year-old Justin Stork, by deliberately running over him with her vehicle Saturday night. Gautier Municipal Court Judge Jason Thornton carefully explained the charge to...
    on June 11, 2013 Source: The Mississippi Press

formerly in News

  1. Indonesia KPB Nusantara fails to sell 10,000 tonnes of CPO

    SINGAPORE, June 13 (Reuters) - Indonesia's PT KPB Nusantara, formerly known as the state marketing centre, failed to sell 10,000 tonnes of crude palm oil (CPO) offered in an auction on June 13 due to low ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Reuters via Yahoo! Finance

  2. ROBERT HAROLD JUNE formerly of Millington

    Robert Harold June, age 89, formerly of Millington passed peacefully on Friday, June 7, 2013 in Bozeman, MT. The second of four children born to Johanna Grunst and Fred C.... Read more »
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Tuscola County Advertiser

  3. NE Opco, Formerly National Envelope, Seeks Bankruptcy

    NE Opco Inc., formerly known as National Envelope, filed for bankruptcy for the second time in three years after its business declined amid falling use of U.S. mail as customers moved toward the Internet.
    on June 10, 2013 Source: Bloomberg

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