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The words 'together with', 'along with', 'as well as' and 'in addition to' do not make the subject plural e.g;

1) Eric along with Emiley is going for a walk.
2) Steve together with his friends is playing soccer.

With reference to above rule please suggest if the following is correct as I find it a little awkward on reading:

1) I along with Emiley am going for a walk
2) I together with my friends am playing soccer.

Whenever there is 'I' in the subject, the helping verb 'am' doesn't correct to me. Please suggest if I am misunderstanding something?
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Re: Use of along with, etc with the subject 'I' [#permalink] New post 03 Aug 2012, 14:05
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The use of 'am' is correct in the sentences you provided, but the word sounds strange to you because the construction isn't typical. Normally you would say "I am going on a walk with Emily" or even "I, along with Emily, am going on a walk." You still treat the subject 'I' as singular unless you are making a compound subject using the word 'and'. "Emily and I (now a compound, or plural, subject) ARE going on a walk."

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Re: Use of along with, etc with the subject 'I' [#permalink] New post 03 Aug 2012, 15:42
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The use of 'am' is correct in the sentences you provided, but the word sounds strange to you because the construction isn't typical. Normally you would say "I am going on a walk with Emily" or even "I, along with Emily, am going on a walk." You still treat the subject 'I' as singular unless you are making a compound subject using the word 'and'. "Emily and I (now a compound, or plural, subject) ARE going on a walk."

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sir can you please further differentiate all the three usages
along with
together with,
as well as



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Re: Use of along with, etc with the subject 'I' [#permalink] New post 03 Aug 2012, 15:55
Mohan, to my understanding, all the three i.e. along with, together with, and as well as have similar treatment in grammar.

With the presence of either of these in a sentence, the verb takes colour from the subject like in the initial example - Eric along with Emiley is going for a walk, here 'is' is used because Eric is singular. Instead of 'along with' even if ' together with' or 'as well as' was used in the sentence, we would have used 'is'.
Only 'and' in a sentence is capable of combining the subject and making it plural.

Hope this helps !

Kyle, please correct me in case there's any disconnect.
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Re: Use of along with, etc with the subject 'I' [#permalink] New post 03 Aug 2012, 20:13
@Mohan

Pay attention to the following;

Jack along with his friends is going to the camp.
Teachers along with the principal are going to the camp.

I like Chinese food as well as South-Indian meals .

together,altogether,together with are common in use with subtle usage differences.

Rozy and shena are going together.
The new machine can wash vegetables and chop them altogether.
Jenet is not willing to go to the movie together with any of her colleague.

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An easier way to understand is to see what the focus of the sentence is.
Suppose you have two main subjects say The prime minister and his secretary and they both went for a meeting.
Would you say " The Prime minister and his undersecretary went for the meeting ?
or The prime minister along with his undersecretary went for the meeting.
Obv the Second one because the priminister is the focus of the sentence it. and that is the reason we use Together with, along with because we want he focus to be on one of the subjects. The use of and accords equal importance to both of the subjects where as the use of together with and along with tells us that the first one is the main subject we are talking about. and hence singular.
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