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Offline navi

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« on: December 20, 2017, 10:37:58 pm »
Are these sentences correct:
1) The movie director, as well as his assistant, who were injured in the accident were taken to the hospital.

2) The engineer, as well as his wife, who worked for our company, saw the accident.

3) The engineer, as well as his wife who worked for our company, saw the accident.

In '2' and '3' can one say if the engineer worked for our company or not?

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Navi.

Mr Tasker

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Re: as well as
« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2017, 10:43:43 pm »
Hi

I'm afraid none of them are correct.

1) The movie director, as well as his assistant, who were injured in the accident were taken to the hospital.

The subject is the (singular) movie director, so "were" is the wrong grammatical number. The assistant is mentioned in a parenthetical phrase and doesn't make the subject plural.

2) The engineer, as well as his wife, who worked for our company, saw the accident.

Two problems here: It implies the wife worked for the company (closest referent for 'who'). The sentence also separates the verb from its subject by two parenthetical thoughts, which is too much. To illustrate the problem (and just for fun) I'll exaggerate it a bit:

The engineer, as well as his wife, who worked for the company, which is Industrial Pollution Ltd, which is owned by Sir Grebe Streebling, who is also a Justice of the Peace, saw the accident.

3) The engineer, as well as his wife who worked for our company, saw the accident.

This is unintentionally amusing. It means the engineer has more than one wife and the one who saw the accident worked for the company. "Who" without a comma makes it a defining relative clause (saying which wife).

In '2' and '3' can one say if the engineer worked for our company or not?

Nope. They both imply it was his wife (or one of his wives!)