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    #1

    Exclamation as well as

    Hello there.

    Are these sentences correct?

    Not only you but his sister is wrong.
    His sister as well as you is wrong.

    Anybody please help me.

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    #2

    Re: as well as

    Quote Originally Posted by gchman View Post
    Hello there.

    Are these sentences correct?

    Not only you but his sister is wrong.
    His sister as well as you is wrong.

    Anybody please help me.
    When you have two subjects like this, there's a rule about agreement. I'm not sure what it is, and don't care that much (becomes nobody applies it anyway). I avoid the problem by saying things like 'You're both wrong - your sister and you' or 'Your sister's wrong and so are you/and you too'.

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    Re: as well as

    If you must express it that way:
    Not only you but his sister is wrong also.
    His sister, as well as you, is wrong.


    Expressions such as 'with', 'together with', 'including', 'accompanied by', 'in addition to', or 'as well as' do not change the number of the subject. If the subject is singular, the verb is too.

    The President, accompanied by his wife, is travelling to India.
    All of the books, including yours, are in that box.

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