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    The usage of "as well as", some unclear

    Problem 1: After reading Micheal Swan's book, the section indicates verbs after as well as, he says:
    When we put a verb after as well as, we most often use the -ing form
    ex: Smoking is dangerous, as well as making you smell bad (1)

    (NOT: as well as it makes you smell bad)

    After an infinitive in the main clause, an infinitive without to is possible
    Ex: I have to feed the animals, as well as look after the children (2)

    So, what I want to ask is, whether in the sentence (1), can we use " As well as makes you smell bad"?
    And sentence (2), can we use:" As well as looking after the children"
    If positive, what is the difference in the meaning of two sentences above?

    Problem 2: After checking on BBC, I found another matter:
    "What is interesting in your example, Van Anh, is that if you say: 'I can swim as well as cook well', you are stating that these are two things that you can do, whereas if you say: 'I can swim as well as I can cook', you are stating that you can do both these things to an equal degree of proficiency."
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/grammar/learnit/learnitv53.shtml
    I think, when we use: " I can swim as well as cook well" , we are stating that we can do both these things to an equal degree of proficiency, but when we use" I can swimm as well as I can cook", we just imply there are two things we can do. That means my opinion is opposite to Mr Roger's answer
    Last edited by belly_ttt; 18-Nov-2007 at 04:27.

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    Re: The usage of "as well as", some unclear

    1 No; the first part of the setence uses a gerund as the subject, so your version doesn't work.
    2 I think it's OK, but others may not like it.
    3 I can swim as well as cook. = I can do two things (no equal degree of proficiency implied)
    I can swim as well as I can cook = the same degree of proficiency

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    Re: The usage of "as well as", some unclear

    No, Tdol, please notice that Van Anh's version was: "I can swim as well as cook well"

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    Re: The usage of "as well as", some unclear

    It's a clumsy sentence and it could also imply that the person can swim (unknown degree of proficiency) and cook well, though I doubt that this is the intended meaning.
    Last edited by Tdol; 19-Nov-2007 at 08:17.

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