Results 1 to 5 of 5
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • Malaysia
      • Current Location:
      • Singapore

    • Join Date: Aug 2011
    • Posts: 3
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #1

    Red face As well as confusion

    Hi,

    I would like to find out which sentence is grammatically correct.

    The father as well as the sisters are going to the concert.
    Or
    The father as well as the sisters is going to the concert.

    Thanks!

  1. Mylanguageclick's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • Spanish
      • Home Country:
      • Argentina
      • Current Location:
      • Spain

    • Join Date: Aug 2011
    • Posts: 59
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #2

    Re: As well as confusion

    It is possible to connect two subjects with as well as. If the first subject is singular, the verb is usually singular.

    Mary, as well as Carl, was invited to the party.

    Regards.

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • Malaysia
      • Current Location:
      • Singapore

    • Join Date: Aug 2011
    • Posts: 3
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #3

    Smile Re: As well as confusion

    Thanks a million.

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • China

    • Join Date: Aug 2011
    • Posts: 358
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #4

    Re: As well as confusion

    I'd like to expand on Mylanguageclick's (correct) response.


    The father as well as the sisters are going to the concert.
    Or
    The father as well as the sisters is going to the concert

    These sentences both sound a little odd. We typically wouldn't use 'the father' or 'the sisters' unless we are speaking about members of clergy. If we are, then I think the words 'father and 'sisters' should be capitalized, as they are honorifics. Most likely, the writer is talking about relatives of someone- perhaps himself- in which case he would identify them as 'my father', 'my sisters' or, if not the writer's relatives, then 'his/her' father' and 'his/her sisters'.

    My father and sisters are going to the concert.

    Her father and sisters are going to the concert.

    One might make the case that these are still ambiguous, as they don't specify whether the sisters are the writer's sisters or the father's sisters. It should be understood by the construction that the sisters belong to the same antecedent as the father. If you do mean father's sisters, then you should write, "My/Her father and his sisters are going to the concert".

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • Malaysia
      • Current Location:
      • Singapore

    • Join Date: Aug 2011
    • Posts: 3
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #5

    Cool Re: As well as confusion

    Thanks for the alternative. Refreshing to know.

    Cheers!
    Zheng

Similar Threads

  1. [Grammar] confusion
    By shamshatay in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 15-May-2009, 14:32
  2. [Grammar] Has been or have been confusion ?
    By Joe333 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 19-Apr-2009, 23:02
  3. confusion
    By dorra in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 13-Apr-2009, 20:40
  4. one confusion ....!
    By ovair in forum English Phrasal Verbs
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 15-May-2008, 17:08
  5. Confusion
    By Parabashi in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 22-Mar-2007, 21:05

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •