does "as well as" ever need a comma before it?

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Anonymous:
A teacher once told me that I should never use a comma before "as well as" -- for instance,

To better serve you, our company will offer more frozen foods as well as fresh ones.

A coworker believes a comma is necessary, that is

To better serve you, our company will offer more frozen foods, as well as fresh ones.

Is there a rule regarding use of a comma with "as well as"?

Thanks!

kgm
AnonymousA teacher once told me that I should never use a comma before "as well as" -- for instance,

To better serve you, our company will offer more frozen foods as well as fresh ones. This is good.

BUT: Our company will offer more frozen foods, as well as make the price cheaper.

A coworker believes a comma is necessary, that is

To better serve you, our company will offer more frozen foods, as well as fresh ones.

Is there a rule regarding use of a comma with "as well as"?

Thanks!

kgm
I don't have a rule book in front of me, but the above is what I feel to be correct. The gurus are encouraged to confirm, refute or add to what I have here.
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Anonymous:
Generally, the rule of thumb with all expressions such as "as well as," "along with," "in addition to," etc., is to put commas around the expression only when it interrupts the subject of the sentence from the verb.

Example:

Jenny, as well as her sister, went to the beach.

If the expression occurs elsewhere in the sentence, omit the commas.

Example:

Jenny went to the beach as well as her sister.
Anonymous:
"as well as make the price cheaper" is a dependent clause. If you're placing it at the end of the sentence, you should not add a comma.

- Our company will offer more frozen foods as well as make the price cheaper.

However, if you put a dependent clause anywhere else in the sentence, it should be separated by one or two commas.

- In addition to making our prices cheaper, our company will offer more frozen foods.
- Our company, in addition to making our prices cheaper, will offer more frozen foods.

This goes for all dependent clauses.

- Because he's sick, he doesn't want to go.
- He doesn't want to go because he's sick.
Anonymous:
I was always taught it should read: To better serve you, our company will offer more frozen foods, as well as, fresh ones.
Commas are not necessary. "As well as" is a conjunction like "and." It is OK to put a comma before the conjunction, but not after it.

To better serve you, our company will offer more frozen foods as well as fresh ones.
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Hi everyone, my first post in that forum. I started teaching ESL this year and I came across this forum a couple of times. I tought this time i would try to participate a little bit Emotion: wink.

Ok, so I was teaching this morning with another theacer who brought some handouts out of a book we don't usually use. One of the sentences was as follow:

"She as well as him is right." At first, I tought that it should be "She as well as him are right". Then I thought that "She, as well as him, is right."... and now I'm wondering if it could be "She, as well as him, are right".

I found another sentence using commas with as well as:

[If the "as well as" phrase occurs with an interrupting clause in the middle of a sentence, do surround the clause with commas.

EX: Bob, as well as his friend John, went to the premiere of the new movie.]

link: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Should you_put_a_comma_before'as_well_as'

Then I guess that sentence using present tense would be:

"Bob, as well as his friend John, goes to the premiere of the new movie." and not

"Bob, as well as his friend John, go to the premiere of the new movie." ? (since there are 2 people involved?)

I would be nice to have official links since if I need to correct the handouts the other teachers would like a "proof".
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Hi,

'as well as' is conjunction so you can use it without commas. I personally don't use comma when using as well as. However, I have read many articles where they have used ', as well as'. So, I guess that is acceptable as well.

Regards,

Nidhi
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DanQuebec"She as well as him is right." At first, I thought that it should be "She as well as him are right". Then I thought that "She, as well as him, is right."... and now I'm wondering if it could be "She, as well as him, are right".
"As well as" is a conjunction, a synonym for "and also" in this context.

So what do you think of this sentence?
She and also him is right.
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