Disuccsion - Additive Phrase : GMAT Verbal Section
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14 Feb 2005, 18:46
Just like to check something here...

We know that additive phrases such as 'in addition to', 'also' etc do not alter the subject from singular to plural like the word 'and' does.
So: additive phrase + singular = singular

So does it also means an additive phrase preceding a subject will result in a plural subject. For instance: The boys, in addition to the girls, are participating in the games.
So does additive phrase + plural subject = plural ?
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14 Feb 2005, 20:34
And is the only additive that can make two singular subjects in to a plural one.

In addition to, not only X but also Y, etc. will not make the singular subjects in to a plural.

The boys, in addition to the girls, are participating in the games.

In the above example you gave, it is not in addition that makes the subject plural, it is the plural subject boys that makes it plural.

1) The boy, in addition to the girl, is participating in the games. -> still singular
2) The boy, in addition to the girls, is participating in the games. -> still Singular.

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14 Feb 2005, 21:35
I agree with nocillis.
However, is the usage of "in addition to" correct in the given sentence?(deviation from the main topic, but am interested in knowing the answer)
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17 Apr 2014, 00:10
ywilfred wrote:
Just like to check something here...

We know that additive phrases such as 'in addition to', 'also' etc do not alter the subject from singular to plural like the word 'and' does.
So: additive phrase + singular = singular

So does it also means an additive phrase preceding a subject will result in a plural subject. For instance: The boys, in addition to the girls, are participating in the games.
So does additive phrase + plural subject = plural ?

Yes, "The boys, in addition to the girls, are participating in the games." This is correct.
Even this - The boys, along with Polly, have arrived. boys - plural, have - plural.
Along with Polly, the boys have arrived. - better construction. boys - plural, have - plural.
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