Results 1 to 8 of 8
  1. #1
    yi-ing is offline Senior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Tamil
      • Home Country:
      • Singapore
      • Current Location:
      • Singapore
    Join Date
    Jun 2017
    Posts
    538

    so do their children.

    Is this sentence correct? If so, what kind of grammar rule is bold part? I am going to google and get deep understanding it.
    I appreciate it if you give me a source for studying.

    Parents spend less time with their children, and so do their children.


    Thanks.

  2. #2
    GoesStation is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Dec 2015
    Posts
    22,264

    Re: so do their children.

    Quote Originally Posted by yi-ing View Post
    Is this sentence correct? <snip>
    Parents spend less time with their children, and so do their children.
    It's grammatically correct but logically impossible. How can the parents' children spend less time with themselves?
    I am not a teacher.

  3. #3
    yi-ing is offline Senior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Tamil
      • Home Country:
      • Singapore
      • Current Location:
      • Singapore
    Join Date
    Jun 2017
    Posts
    538

    Re: so do their children.

    Opps!!!I am really sorry for making such mistake.
    I meant:
    "Parents spend less time with their children, and so do children."
    I want to say, children spend less time with their parents as well.

  4. #4
    GoesStation is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Dec 2015
    Posts
    22,264

    Re: so do their children.

    Quote Originally Posted by yi-ing View Post
    Opps!!!I am really sorry for making such mistake.
    I meant:
    "Parents spend less time with their children, and so do children."
    I want to say, children spend less time with their parents as well.
    It still doesn't work. And so does/do tells the reader to repeat the previous clause with a different subject, so this version means Parents spend less time with their children, and children spend less time with their children.

    You can express these complementary ideas as Parents and children spend less time together than they used to.
    I am not a teacher.

  5. #5
    Lynxear's Avatar
    Lynxear is offline Senior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • Canada
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Posts
    492

    Re: so do their children.

    Quote Originally Posted by yi-ing View Post
    Opps!!!I am really sorry for making such mistake.
    I meant:
    "Parents spend less time with their children, and so do children."
    I want to say, children spend less time with their parents as well.

    If that is the case then I would write the sentence this way:

    Parents and their children spend less time with each other.
    Experience is recognizing a mistake the second time you make it.
    You don't go to an Englishman when you want good pierogi.

    - Wisdom from my father

  6. #6
    tedmc is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • Malaysia
      • Current Location:
      • Malaysia
    Join Date
    Apr 2014
    Posts
    7,924

    Re: so do their children.

    Parents spend less time with their children and vice versa (meaning the reverse is also true).

    Parents do not make time for their children and vice versa.
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

  7. #7
    yi-ing is offline Senior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Tamil
      • Home Country:
      • Singapore
      • Current Location:
      • Singapore
    Join Date
    Jun 2017
    Posts
    538

    Re: so do their children.

    Parents spend less time with their children and vice versa (meaning the reverse is also true).
    Can we use "vice versa" in an academic essay?

  8. #8
    GoesStation is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Dec 2015
    Posts
    22,264

    Re: so do their children.

    Yes. It's formal English.
    I am not a teacher.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •