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    as well as (To stay competitive, they'll have to increase product development )

    Hi all,

    This is a main sentence:

    To stay competitive, they'll have to increase product development as well as cutting prices.

    I can't figure it out why the writer used -ing form of a verb. Shouldn't it be infinitive?

    To stay competitive, they'll have to increase product development as well as (they 'll have to) cut prices.


    Please help me.

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    Re: as well as (To stay competitive, they'll have to increase product development )

    I must say that I prefer "cut prices" in that sentence.

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    Re: as well as (To stay competitive, they'll have to increase product development )

    In addition to cutting prices, they will have to increase product development.
    So, in that case "as well as" is preposition, and we have to put ing form of a verb or noun or pronoun after "as well as".

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