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    navi tasan is offline Key Member
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    as well as/tenses

    Which is correct:

    1-He gave private English lessons as well as wrote stories for children.
    2-He gave private English lessons as well as writing stories for children.

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    Re: as well as/tenses

    "Wrote" is correct because the speaker/writer used "gave" (past tense) in the first phrase. But what has happened to the good, old-fashioned "and", which would make it easier to determine the verb form in the example?

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    Re: as well as/tenses

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Which is correct:

    1-He gave private English lessons as well as wrote stories for children.
    2-He gave private English lessons as well as writing stories for children.
    "He gave private English lessons and wrote stories for children"
    or:
    "He gave private English lessons as well as writing stories for children"
    The above are correct.

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    Exclamation Re: as well as/tenses

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "He gave private English lessons and wrote stories for children"
    or:
    "He gave private English lessons as well as writing stories for children"
    The above are correct.
    When we use as well as - similar in meaning and usage to in addition to - as a subordinating conjunction, the '-ing' form of the verb follows:
    He teaches English in addition to/as well as working on his Ph.D.
    He hurt his arm, as well as breaking his leg. (NOT as well as broke his leg.)
    If there is an infinitive in the main clause, an infinitive without to is possible after as well as.
    He has to teach English as well as work on his Ph.D.

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    Re: as well as/tenses

    (Not a teacher)
    Could I say that "as well as" can be used as either:
    (1) a conjuction equivant to "and", or
    (2) a prepostion which must be followed by a gerund?

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    Re: as well as/tenses

    Quote Originally Posted by albertino View Post
    (Not a teacher)
    Could I say that "as well as" can be used as either:
    (1) a conjuction equivant to "and", or
    (2) a prepostion which must be followed by a gerund?
    Never a true conjunction, rather a phrasal preposition. Its options of collocating either with a gerund or with an infinitive (depending on the foregoing part of the sentence) mirror closely those of prepositions such as 'except' and 'besides', e.g.

    He enjoys nothing except drinking and smoking.

    He does nothing except drink and smoke.

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