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    #1

    verbs after as well as (2)

    After an infinitive in the main clause, an infinitive without to is possible.

    I have to feed the animals as well as look after the children.

    Note the difference between:
    She sings as well as playing the piano.
    (=She not only plays, but also sings.)
    She sings as well as she plays the piano.
    (=Her singing is as good as her playing.)

    (Practical English Usage, Michael Swan)

    From what was said above I can surmise that:
    I have to feed the animals as well as look after the children. = I not only have to feed the animals, but also look after the children.

    Taking this into account, if I say this:
    To win this competition she has to sing as well as dance.
    it should mean = To win this competition she not only has to sing, but also dance.

    Now, the question arises, is it possible to construct the sentence using has to and as well as to convey this meaning - "To win this competition her singing has to be as good as her dancing"?

    Thanks.

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    Re: verbs after as well as (2)

    Quote Originally Posted by suprunp View Post
    ... I can surmise that:
    I have to feed the animals as well as look after the children. = I not only have to feed the animals, but also look after the children.
    Yes, though the emphasis is closer to: "I not only have to look after the children, I have to feed the animals".

    Taking this into account, if I say this: To win this competition she has to sing as well as dance.
    it should mean = To win this competition she not only has to sing, but also dance.
    Yes, though the emphasis is closer to "To win this competion she has to dance as well as sing".

    Now, the question arises, is it possible to construct the sentence using has to and as well as to convey this meaning - "To win this competition her singing has to be as good as her dancing"?
    Yes. "To win this competiyion she has to sing as well as she dances."
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    #3

    Re: verbs after as well as (2)

    Thank you, fivejedjon!
    You've saved me from pondering about it over and over again as well as from a sleepless night.

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    Re: verbs after as well as (2)

    I'll have a sleepless night over my hundredth typo of the week - To win this competiyion

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    #5

    Re: verbs after as well as (2)

    Don't lose sleep over grammar. There are far more important things in life.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: verbs after as well as (2)

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Don't lose sleep over grammar. There are far more important things in life.
    . Name one!

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    Re: verbs after as well as (2)

    I have two teenage girls. Well, one's 12 but basically a teen. 'Nuff said?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: verbs after as well as (2)

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I have two teenage girls. Well, one's 12 but basically a teen. 'Nuff said?
    My condolences. I remember those days ...

    - no matter how hard I try to forget them.

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    Re: verbs after as well as (2)

    I agree that worrying about becoming a granma is more important than worrying about grammar.

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