He plays tennis as well as his father...

8769

Senior Member
Japanese and Japan
I understand #1 below can be simplified into #2, and #3. How about #4 and #5? Are they grammatically correct and do they make sense?

1. He plays tennis as well as his father plays tennis.

2. He plays tennis as well as his father does.
3. He plays tennis as well as his father.

4. He plays tennis as well as his father plays it.
5. He plays tennis as well as his father plays.


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  • cuchuflete

    Senior Member
    EEUU-inglés
    "Are they grammatically correct and do they make sense?"

    Yes, and yes. Are they simplified forms? No.
    Are they idiomatic? #4 is, in some contexts. #5 sounds like something from a not very good childrens' book.
     

    Blehh.

    Member
    USA, English
    Well, they're grammatically correct, but some of them sound a bit odd. The only sentence from that list I would use is #3.
     

    JamesM

    Senior Member
    Actually, I think #3 could be misconstrued, depending on how it was phrased when spoken or read when written.

    "He plays tennis as well as his father" could mean "both he and his father play tennis."

    I vote for #4. "He plays tennis as well as his father does."
     
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