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Sentence Correction: Redundancy - "as well as"

On the table is a plate, a fork, and a knife.

Well done!

While this answer choice corrects the original mistake, it doesn't stop there but also turns table into tables. This change is both unnecessary, as table is correct and needn't be corrected, and constitutes a change of the original meaning.

Did you notice the change from table to tables?

What is the subject of the sentence?

The subject is a plate, a fork and a knife.

Is this subject singular or plural?

Correct! The subject of the sentence is plural, which means that the verb should also be plural.

The subject is plural because of the word and. The subject is plate+fork+knife.

This means that the verb should also be plural.

Very good! Is this a singular or a plural subject?

While this answer choice corrects the original mistake, it doesn't stop there and makes another change: adding the word also. This word is redundant, as it means the same as and. This means that this answer choice, while being grammatically correct, is stylistically flawed.

Did you notice the addition of the word also?

What is the subject of the sentence?

While this answer choice corrects the original mistake, it is stylistically flawed. Replacing the single word and with the three-word phrase as well as creates redundancy.

What helps us identify this mistake is the following Stop Sign:

as well as

Whenever you come across this Stop Sign, eliminate answer choices that use it and choose answer choices that use and instead.

Read carefully.
Read carefully.
Read carefully.
On the table is a plate, a fork, and
On the tables are a plate, a fork, and
On the table are a plate, a fork, and also
On the table are a plate, a fork as well as
On the table are a plate, a fork, and
No
Yes
The table
A plate
A plate, a fork, and a knife

I don't know

Singular
Plural
Singular
Plural
Yes
No
The tables
A plate, a fork and a knife

I don't know