Common mistake both... as well as (and)

Common Mistakes in English Grammar

1. Both... as well as (and)

One common mistake that often occurs in English grammar is the incorrect usage of the phrase "both... as well as." Many people mistakenly use "both" followed by "as well as," when they should actually use "both" followed by "and."

For example, instead of saying:

  • Both Tim as well as John attended the meeting.

You should say:

  • Both Tim and John attended the meeting.

Using "both" and "and" together correctly indicates that two or more things or people are participating or involved in something.

When you use "both... as well as," it is redundant and unnecessary. "As well as" is used to add additional information, and it replaces the need for "both." So, using the phrase "both... as well as" is essentially saying "both... and... as well as," which is grammatically incorrect.

To avoid this common mistake, it's essential to remember to use "both" followed by "and" when expressing that two or more things are involved or participating in something.

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both... as well as (and) mistake examples

  • Correct:
    He is both rich and handsome.
  • Correct:
    He is both rich and smart as well as handsome.
  • Correct:
    He is both very rich and smart as well as handsome.
  • Incorrect:
    He is both very rich as well as handsome.

    He is both very rich and handsome.

  • Correct:
    The phrases "eyeball kick" and "hydrogen jukebox" both show up in "Howl", as well as a direct quote from Cézanne:
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