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    Default grammar | "as well as"

    Can "as well as" be used with two verbs? For example the following two sentences:
    1. Cows eat as well as moo.
    2. Engines burn fuel as well as emit carbon dioxide.


    Are the sentences written above correct?
    thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: grammar | "as well as"

    Quote Originally Posted by divineacclivity View Post
    Can "as well as" be used with two verbs? For example the following two sentences:
    1. Cows eat as well as moo.
    2. Engines burn fuel as well as emit carbon dioxide.


    Are the sentences written above correct? Well, I'll give you a qualified "yes" on both, but in #1, I have never known a cow to eat "as well as". Even though I understand the sentence, it sounds unnatural to me. But use, or overuse, of the prepositional phrase, "as well as" is one of my personal pet peeves, partiularly when used by TV broadcasters, and especially when a simple "and" would suffice.
    thanks in advance.
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    Default Re: grammar | "as well as"

    Quote Originally Posted by divineacclivity View Post
    Can "as well as" be used with two verbs? For example the following two sentences:
    1. Cows eat as well as moo.
    2. Engines burn fuel as well as emit carbon dioxide.


    Are the sentences written above correct?
    thanks in advance.
    I wouldn't be tempted to misinterpret 1; but in the case of 2 - I can't think why, and would welcome ideas - I'd prefer 'Engines burn fuel as well as emitting carbon dioxide.' ...

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    Default Re: grammar | "as well as"

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    I wouldn't be tempted to misinterpret 1; but in the case of 2 - I can't think why, and would welcome ideas - I'd prefer 'Engines burn fuel as well as emitting carbon dioxide.' ...

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    Yes yes yes, that's what I read on one of the sentence correction sites as a correct sentence (Engines burn fuel as well as emitting carbon dioxide) and that's why I had this question to start with.
    But, now my big questions is why "burn" and "emitting" - the two verbs are not parallel at all.
    I thought this was utterly wrong - burn as well as emitting
    We always say: burn and emit; burn or emit; burn but emit to maintain a parallelism between the two verbs

    How about "along with":
    I ate along with talking. If yes, why?
    and, I eat as well as talking

    We don't find such things documented at one place and these come more easily to a native speaker probably :)
    So, if you have an online read to suggest for such suble differences, please do. I'll be thankful.
    thanks in advance

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