He plays tennis as well as his father...

Discussion in 'English Only' started by 8769, Oct 18, 2006.

  1. 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.


    8769
     
  2. cuchuflete

    cuchuflete Senior Member

    Maine, EEUU
    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.
     
  3. Blehh.

    Blehh. Member

    Houston.
    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.
     
  4. . 1 Banned

    Ferntree Gully
    Australian Australia
    I vote for #3.
    There is no repetition or redundancy and the meaning can not be unintentionally misconstrued.

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  5. JamesM

    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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