Q: Can "as well as" be used without commas before and after the phrase and does it require a singular or plural verb?

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“John as well as Raju are involved in this project.” Is this correct?

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The phrase "as well as" means in "addition to" or "and also" in the context of the example that you have mentioned. When "as well as" is used as a conjunction (i.e. in place of “and”), there is no need to use commas before or after the phrase. Moreover, it should always be used with a singular verb.

Therefore, in your example, the correct way of writing is "John as well as Raju is involved in this project." 

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