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Discussion in 'Primary' started by NewbieTeacher, Jan 5, 2011.

  1. I realise that this is a silly question but it's late so forgive me.

    Which sentence is more appropriate? Or are they both ok?

    Tom is brave as well as strong.

    Lucy plays football as well as Harry.

     
  2. I realise that this is a silly question but it's late so forgive me.

    Which sentence is more appropriate? Or are they both ok?

    Tom is brave as well as strong.

    Lucy plays football as well as Harry.

     
  3. inq

    inq

    Both sentences could be used to demonstrate 'as well as' but it does rather depend upon what you want to show.
    The first sentence is the same as Tom is brave and strong too. The second could be interpreted two ways, Lucy is as good as Harry or Lucy and Harry both play football
     
  4. I'd say the first - the second could mean that Lucy plays football and she also plays Harry......
    Lucy plays football, as does Harry. Or.... Lucy plays football as well as Harry does. Different meanings, but more clear meanings...
     
  5. markuss

    markuss Occasional commenter

    Syntax is fine in both.
    "Tome is brave as well as [being] strong.
    "Lucy plays football as well as Harry [does]."
    Suppose you could say that, without a context, the second is ambiguous but only in a very forced way. Not really natural at all to suppose that it says;
    "Lucy plays football as well as [playing [against]] Harry.
    Why do you ask?
     
  6. Thank you :) I want my children to describe a character using as well as.

    I will be asking them to write 'The character is ____ as well as _____.'
     
  7. inky

    inky Lead commenter

    Both are correct. What is interesting is your use of the word appropriate.
     
  8. I would construct the first sentence wih a comman, like this:

    Tom is brave, as well as strong.

    I lack the wherewithall to explain why this is correct, but I believe that it is.
     
  9. It seems to me that punctuation also clarifies the meaning of the second, otherwise ambiguous, sentence:

    Lucy plays football, as well as Harry.
    Lucy plays football; as well as Harry.

    Innit?

    Punctuation seems to be going out of fashion.
     
  10. inky

    inky Lead commenter

     
  11. inky

    inky Lead commenter

    I'm

    Please avoid semi colons. They're bad for your health.
     
  12. Why is it wrong, Inky?

     
  13. inky

    inky Lead commenter

    Whoops - keyboard earthquake. That's my post.
     
  14. markuss

    markuss Occasional commenter

    "Lucy plays football, as well as Harry."
    "Lucy plays football; as well as Harry."

    You could say the punctuation is creative/innovative rather than "wrong" but I don't think it actually helps with the meaning here. More of a distraction, really.
    With a context, there probably wouldn't be any ambiguity.
     
  15. That is very charming of you to say that, Markuss, though in the cold grey light of sobriety today I would have to admit that it is wrong. Last night the second bit looked rather like some species of clause, or summink.
     

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