Besides being a fantastic footballer, he's [also?] good at cricket, tennis, and squash.

susanna76

Senior Member
Romanian
#1
Hi,

I'm wondering about the use of also in sentences with besides.

Here's a sentence I found online:
Besides being a fantastic footballer, he's also good at cricket, tennis, and squash.

I think also is superfluous, but I have doubts on it because of the construction not only . . . but also, which calls for it, too.

So what's the proper usage? With also, without, or both?

Thank you!
 
  • Dale Texas

    Senior Member
    English USA
    #4
    It does sound empty and out of balance without it to me.

    If I were correcting it, I'm sure I'd add "also", or rephrase as "...he's good at cricket, tennis, and squash, too."
     
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