as well as to connect verbs


Private sectors will cooperate with the authority to develop new health institutions and new shopping malls as well as promote green urban living in the area.


Is it a proper way to connect 'develop' and 'promote'? Somehow it feels rather awkward with the construction 'and' to connect the two nouns, then 'as well as' to connect the two verbs.

as well Conjunction asked Apr 16 '13 at 03:21 Marie New member

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I agree that it is awkward, Marie.  There are a few issues that I see.  First, when we talk about the private sector, it is just one private sector.  The alternative is the public sector.  You are either talking about individuals or companies in the private sector. There are not plural private sectors. 


You are trying to write that they will cooperate with the authority to do three things:  develop health institutions, develop shopping malls, and promote green urban living.  I can think of a couple solutions to clean up your sentence. 


You could tighten up “develop new health institutions and new shopping malls” a bit by eliminating the second “new”, then add “to” in front of promote. 


You could use another verb to go with the shopping malls. This would more clearly separate the three ways they will cooperate:  develop health institutions, build shopping malls, promote green living. 

link answered Apr 16 '13 at 04:38 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

Thanks, Patty! That really helps.

MarieApr 16 '13 at 04:56

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