Question about "respectively."

Subject: Question about "respectively."
From: Dale Barnes <endale -at- LSUVM -dot- SNCC -dot- LSU -dot- EDU>
Date: Fri, 6 Feb 1998 09:34:03 -0600

A friend in the Chemistry Dept. sends me this query:

> Here's a comment from a reviewer of a manuscript I submitted for
>"Normally, when 'respectively' is used when referring to data, a comma
>precedes it."

Has anyone encountered this rule before? On what principle might it be based?

Any help will be appreciated. Thanks


Arthur D. Barnes
Department of English
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

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