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    Question "Prior" and "priorly"

    Hello,

    I have read that "prior" means: (from freedictionary.com)
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    1. Preceding in time or order: "[They] insist that foreign vessels seeking access obtain prior approval" (Seymour M. Hersh).

    2. Preceding in importance or value: a prior consideration.


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    "priorly" is an adverb -

    Priorly, various campaigns to urge people to shift their cellular numbers to their names have been run however have not met major success.

    My question is - can I use "priorly" in the following sentences?
    1. She has been Professor prior at Massey University
    2. Prior, he was Deputy President of Singapore Management University.

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    Re: "Prior" and "priorly"

    The use of 'priorly' is so rare that most people will think it is a mistake.

    You can usually use 'previously' instead.

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    Re: "Prior" and "priorly"

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    The use of 'priorly' is so rare that most people will think it is a mistake.

    You can usually use 'previously' instead.

    Rover
    @Roger_KE, thank you for your response. Actually, "priorly" is what came to my mind when I read those sentences. So I was wondering if "priorly" is favored by BrE.

    The example for "priorly" at the freedictionary.com site mentioned above, was from Balochistan Times and I am assuming that they use BrE at Balochistan Times because Balochistan is in Pakistan, and as in India, they too, perhaps use BrE. Hence, I thought that perhaps "prior" is more an AmE usage.

    I am aware that there is still some (a lot of?) archaic BrE usage in India. And so, sometimes the current English usage elsewhere or in AmE seems a bit strange to my ears. Hence such questions.

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    Re: "Prior" and "priorly"

    I too would react quizzically to "priorly".

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    Re: "Prior" and "priorly"

    I take it then that 'priorly' is not wrong, but as Rover_KE suggested, 'previously' is a better word. Thanks.

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    Re: "Prior" and "priorly"

    Quote Originally Posted by Olympian View Post
    I take it then that 'priorly' is not wrong, but as Rover_KE suggested, 'previously' is a better word. Thanks.
    Yes.

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    Re: "Prior" and "priorly"

    I think, like Rover, that most speakers of BrE would regard 'priorly' as wrong.

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    Re: "Prior" and "priorly"

    Most speakers of AmE too. In 66 years of reading English, I have never previously encountered priorly.

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    Re: "Prior" and "priorly"

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I think, like Rover, that most speakers of BrE would regard 'priorly' as wrong.
    @5jj, thank you. I am just curious about this. I know just because words have similar meanings, and are synonymous, it does not mean that they can be used interchangeably. Perhaps this is the case here. Because both 'priorly' and 'previously' mean the same (as far as I can see/understand), and they are both adv.

    By the way, I found this link which seems to suggest it is archaic. There are some sentences there using 'priorly' in old publications.
    Last edited by Olympian; 04-Jun-2013 at 23:05. Reason: Added a link

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    Re: "Prior" and "priorly"

    Quote Originally Posted by Olympian View Post
    @5jj, thank you. I am just curious about this. I know just because words have similar meanings, and are synonymous, it does not mean that they can be used interchangeably. Perhaps this is the case here. Because both 'priorly' and 'previously' mean the same (as far as I can see/understand), and they are both adv.

    By the way, I found this link which seems to suggest it is archaic. There are some sentences there using 'priorly' in old publications.
    I think what 5jj meant was "wrong for today". The word exists; there is nothing we can do about that. What is important is what people use today. Words come and words go. This one has left the stage.

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