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    Understanding problem!!!

    'I as well as you am going to see the match' -- I saw this phrase in one of my English Grammar book.

    I don't understand why 'am' is used in there.


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    Re: Understanding problem!!!

    Hi Fazzu,
    The sentence, basically is:
    I am going to see the match.
    As well as you = just like you =you ,too, are going to do it.
    I'd rather put commas:
    I, as well as you, am going to see the match.
    Rgs

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    Re: Understanding problem!!!

    But why should I use 'am'?And can I say:'I, as well as you, will be going to see the match'?


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    Re: Understanding problem!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Fazzu View Post
    But why should I use 'am'?And can I say:'I, as well as you, will be going to see the match'?
    You can use either - both 'I am going to...' and 'I will be going to...' indicate future intent in common usage, but the former can be used to indicate that you are going NOW. That should be the 'proper' usage really, but the distinction is not observed in practice.

    However, the sentence itself, though grammatical, is utterly unrepresentative of real usage - it would never be said by a native speaker, and probably never written either. If you are talking to someone in the second person, as is indicated here, you don't need to draw attention to them specifically. You would just say: "I'm going to see the match too."

    If you want to emphasise, you would use a phrase like:

    "I'm going to see the match AS WELL." - 'as you' is not necessary.

    Even if you did wish to say something like the original phrase, the normal cadence of English speech dictates that it would be:

    "You and I are going to see the match."

    You COULD say "I am going to see the match as well as you." But it indicates that you are going to see both the match and the person you are talking to. That's presumably why your example moves the clause to the head. However, it simply isn't natural.

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    Re: Understanding problem!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Coffa
    You can use either - both 'I am going to...' and 'I will be going to...' indicate future intent in common usage, but the former can be used to indicate that you are going NOW. That should be the 'proper' usage really, but the distinction is not observed in practice.

    However, the sentence itself, though grammatical, is utterly unrepresentative of real usage - it would never be said by a native speaker, and probably never written either. If you are talking to someone in the second person, as is indicated here, you don't need to draw attention to them specifically. You would just say: "I'm going to see the match too."

    If you want to emphasise, you would use a phrase like:

    "I'm going to see the match AS WELL." - 'as you' is not necessary.

    Even if you did wish to say something like the original phrase, the normal cadence of English speech dictates that it would be:

    "You and I are going to see the match."

    You COULD say "I am going to see the match as well as you." But it indicates that you are going to see both the match and the person you are talking to. That's presumably why your example moves the clause to the head. However, it simply isn't natural.
    Now I have thoroughly understood, that was so perfect,Coffa, thanks.

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