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

Discussion in 'English Only' started by susanna76, Nov 29, 2016.

  1. susanna76 Senior Member

    Romanian
    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!
     
  2. The Newt

    The Newt Senior Member

    USA / EEUU
    English - US
    "Also" is not strictly required, but it's quite natural to add it.
     
  3. susanna76 Senior Member

    Romanian
    Thank you. It does seem to be that way. I wonder though whether a copyeditor would find it neccesary or not.
     
  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."
     
  5. susanna76 Senior Member

    Romanian
    Thank you, Dale!
     

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