John, Mary, and Ted (a list) wore red, green and blue (a list) respectively (matched). By matching the two lists we get: John wore red Mary wore green Ted wore blue. The shorthand way to write this is as a pair of matched lists using the word "respectively": John, Mary, and Ted wore red, green and blue respectively. --gary On Tue, Dec 18, 2012 at 4:36 PM, Nicole Valicia Thompson-Andrews <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > If the lists are meant to be matched, whatt do you mean? YOur examples > sound like they match. > Emerging poet > Pen Name Mellissa Green > Budding novelist > tweet me > > > > GreenNovelist > > blog > > > www.theworldofyemora.wordpress.com > > > ----- Original Message ----- From: "Ian Spolarich" <[log in to unmask]> > To: <[log in to unmask]> > Sent: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 7:01 PM > Subject: Re: respectively > > >> > >>> >>> >I was wondering how other languages, natural or constructed handle >>> > >matched >>> lists. >>> >> >> In Adranik (CL), respectivity (?) is implied. >> If the two lists are not intended to be matched, the speaker must separate >> them into individual lists or clauses, such as "Jim took an apple, Rebecca >> (took) a pear, etc. etc." >> >> When you think about it, it's really rather silly *not* to match lists.