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    #1

    Question sings as well as playing

    From Swan's Practical English Usage:
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    (as well as )
    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.)
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    The second sentence I do understand and accept. The first one, however, I don't understand. Can't, basically, follow this "sings" and "playing"; for me it looks as though it was saying "she sings and she playing the piano", which is quite incorrect, isn't it?

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    #2

    Re: sings as well as playing

    "In BrE, when they put a verb after as well as, they most often use the -ing form. (См. Swan M. Practical English Usage, Oxford, 1997) source"

    One subject here: (as well as means and)
    #1a
    She sings as well as playing the piano.
    She sings as well as plays the piano.
    As well as playing the piano, she also sings.
    (= She not only plays the piano, she also sings = she can play the piano and she can sing.)
    #1b
    He was a real scholar as well as a great composer.
    (= He is not only a great composer, but also a real scholar = He is a great composer and a real scholar.)
    #1c
    He is intelligent as well as good-looking.
    (= He is not only good-looking, but also intelligent = He is good-looking and intelligent)

    Two subjects here: (as well as means to do both things equally well)
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    She sings as well as she plays the piano.
    (= Her singing is as good as her playing.)

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    #3

    Re: sings as well as playing

    Thanks, it clarifies my concerns.

    Nyggus

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    #4

    Re: sings as well as playing

    And the source cited is from a Russian language site.

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    #5

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    And the source cited is from a Russian language site.
    Well, Russion is a bit closer to Polish than English is

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    #6

    Re: sings as well as playing

    I knew that. Didn't you have to take Russian in school?

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    I knew that. Didn't you have to take Russian in school?
    Oh, yes... In my primary school I had three years of Russion and no English. But the sad or merry truth is, my knowledge of English is far better than that of Russion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nyggus View Post
    But the sad or merry truth is, my knowledge of English is far better than that of Russion.
    No need to worry then, eh?

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    No need to worry then, eh?
    It depends on where my next trip will be to.

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