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  1. Memar Senior Member

    Amharic
    staff mistakenly transferred the total $1,000 dollar (formerly/originally/ initially deposited to the wrong account number 123) to 456 whenthe $500 should have been transferred to Account number 999.


    There was a 1000 dollar which was mistakenly deposited (by accountant I) to awrong account number ( account #123) when it should have been split anddeposited into two account numbers ( Account # 456 & 999). When accountantII discovered the error, he transferred the whole amount to another account(account #456) rather than split it. Now accountant III discovered that themoney didn't split properly and deposited the way it should be. So he split themoney and deposited the $500 to account number 999. And he wants to write anote to make it clear. Which highlighted word is correct in this situation?

    Thanks for your help and time.

     
  2. Myridon

    Myridon Senior Member

    Texas
    English - US
    All three words may be correct. The only difference is that "formerly" doesn't tell us that the deposit to 123 was the very first deposit within the company. If the money was in account 001 before it went to 123, then "formerly" is the only correct one.

    (This note will not make anything clear.)
     
  3. akhooha Senior Member

    English - USA
    What happened before the money was deposited into account 123 or where it came from (a hypothetical account 001) is irrelevant.
    It is clear that the first deposit (an incorrect deposit) was made into account 123. Since the deposit into account 123 was the first deposit in the chain of events, you can use either "originally" or "initially".
     
  4. Myridon

    Myridon Senior Member

    Texas
    English - US
    All the accounts are hypothetical. The entire situation is hypothetical. I was explaining the difference between "formerly" and "originally/initially". There's no reason that you can't use "formerly" as it was formerly in account 123 whether it was initially in account 123 or not.
     
  5. akhooha Senior Member

    English - USA
    He asked which word to use in the above phrase, which deals with account 123. The deposit into account 123 was the first deposit.
    Therefore it was "originally (or initially) deposited to the wrong account number 123".
     
  6. Myridon

    Myridon Senior Member

    Texas
    English - US
    "Formerly" is not less true than "originally." "Originally" does add more information but that information may or may not be important. If it only matters where the money was before it was in 456, then "formerly in 123" is perfectly adequate.
     

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