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Confucius’ teachings on goodness state that an adolescent should be polite to his parents as well as his elders.

Confucius’ teachings on goodness state that an adolescent should be polite to his parents as well as to his elders.

It may seem trivial but it bothers me...

So please answer this question

which of the two sentences is gramatically correct? and why?

thank you for your help!
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Hi,

Confucius’ teachings on goodness state that an adolescent should be polite to his parents as well as his elders.

Confucius’ teachings on goodness state that an adolescent should be polite to his parents as well as to his elders.

I'd say they are both correct. It's just that you can omit the second 'to', if you want to.

My elders are any people who are older than me. This means my parents are also my elders. So, the wording of the sentence in this regard seems a little awkward to me. Obviously, it's a translation from the Chinese.

Best wishes, Clive
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Both are correct. Personally, I prefer to repeat the preposition. But, as Clive mentions, there's something else more troublesome about the sentence, because "parents" are a subset of "elders". "as well as" does not normally connect two items related in this way. You might add "other" to correct this.

?We visited many museums as well as buildings.
We visited many museums as well as other buildings.

?I enjoy my phone calls to my cousins as well as to my relatives.
I enjoy my phone calls to my cousins as well as to my other relatives.

CJ