The correct use of as well as
As well as is one of the most frequent, still most misused, conjunction in administrative and academic texts. There are two mistakes commonly made regarding its use.
TWO COMMON PROBLEMS
There are two common problems with the use of as well as. The first one relates to its meaning — as well as is often used as a synonym for and, which it is not.
Swedish is spoken in Sweden, as well as in parts of Finland.
The second problem concerns the form of the verb following as well as. Can you find the mistakes in the following sentences?
John, as well as Mary, want to drop the course
Running is healthy as well as it makes you feel good.
Sarah draws as well as designs clothes.
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AS WELL AS IS NOT A SYNONYM FOR AND
As well as cannot be used to mean and. The expression X as well as Y means not only Y but also X (note that X and Y are reversed). While and simply conjoins two (or more) expressions, as well as places unequal emphasis on the two expressions — the expression preceding as well as carries a stronger emphasis than the expression following it.
John, as well as Mary, came to the party. [not only Mary but also John; emphasis on John]
The program me aims to recruit Sami students as well as students from other countries. [not only students from other countries but also Sami students; emphasis on Sami students]
Now you see that the sentence:
Swedish is spoken in Sweden, as well as in parts of Finland. [incorrect]
Swedish is spoken not only in parts of Finland, but also in Sweden. [Imagine! What a surprise!]
It is therefore wrong to use as well as simply in order to avoid a repetition of and, as in the sentence below.
The university focuses on education, research and development, as well as dissemination. [incorrect if all three areas are equally important and none is to be emphasized]
AS WELL AS DOES NOT MAKE SUBJECTS PLURAL
In the sentence
John, as well as Mary, want to drop the course
the verb want must agree with the noun preceding as well as in this case.
John, as well as Mary, wants to drop the course.
In other words, when as well as is part of the subject, the verb must agree with the noun before as well as.
VERBS AFTER AS WELL AS COME IN –ING FORM
When we put a verb after as well as, we use the -in form of the verb. (This might sound really strange to a non-native speaker, but the grammar books agree on this.)
Running is healthy as well as making you feel good.
He broke the window, as well as destroying the wall.
She draws as well as designing clothes.
Examples of ‘As Well As’ in a Sentence
He would want this for their own sake as well as for his.
He was playing, remember, for a large fortune, as well as liberty.
You can’t carry six cats as well as fifty wooden animals round with you.
That woman, Hastings, has got brains as well as a heart.
There, there, we can’t always have brains as well as beauty.
Excuse my rudeness as well as my anger.
For her sake as well as for his own honor it must be put aside.
I am quite well–just as well as ever, and I wish you would let me get up.
“Danglers’, as well as others.”
“Danglers’, as well as the rest?”
I made it, as well as this larger knife, out of an old iron candlestick.
“I have remarked it as well as yourself.”
“Every one, sire; the living as well as the dead.”
Dalgard shaped the words with his lips as well as in his mind.
Hume spoke slowly as if he must convince himself as well as Vie.
And on Nahunta, as well as a dozen other worlds, Was was the serpent.
Did she hate as well as mistrust her cousin?
As well as George Whit stable?
I know that as well as any body.
You are my child as well as Felix.
It concerns you as well as me and him.
I like nice people as well as anybody.
Mrs. Pipkin knew that as well as others.
Why should not you get it as well as the others?
Why shouldn’t he love her as well as any one else?
I know what it all is as well as though it were already told.
“You can answer him as well as I, grandfather,” she had said.
I don’t see why I shouldn’t have my friend, Mr. Montague, as well as you.
“Well;–if you want to be exact, I have a hack as well as the horse I ride.”
The boy seemed to be acquiring virtue as well as sense.
Especially as it’s a question of you starving as well as me.
Mysteries brooded without as well as within the flat of Madame Foucault.
Mrs. Rucastle seemed to me to be colorless in mind as well as in feature.
You know how to make things look dainty as well as taste the right way.
And I can die, if need be, as well as younger men.
On the latter side, as well as to the former, there was a great precipice.
A form had showed itself to me as well as to Wieland.
The same power could impart the one as well as the other.
Why should I prolong, by hypocrisy or silence, his misery as well as my own?
“Do as well as anything else!”
It’ll do as well as anything else.
It’ll do as well as anything else!
You know what I mean as well as any man.
It does as well as anything else, for a time.
And I know, as well as you know, what so changes it.
I knew it quite as well as I know it now.
He knew it was the mark of tears as well as I.
But it’s a pleasure as well as a duty, I am sure, to work for him.
He was eating as well as drinking, and seemed to eat with a hungry appetite.
He will do it as well as another.
‘Are as well as possible,’ said Mr. Measles.
As a child, I knew it as well as I know it now.
You know that, as well as I.
I have done with my sister as well as with you.
You can’t decline to hear, you know, as well as to answer.
Mr. Laemmle, himself a man of business as well as a capitalist.
And he knows how to use it, remember, fifty times as well as either of us.
And as to being regarded in lights, there’s bumpy lights as well as bony.
If the clothes fits me half as well as the place, they’ll do.’
The old man looked puzzled as well as pained.
The flesh on the shoulder is torn as well as cut.
“I told you I am independent, sir, as well as rich: I am my own mistress.”
Try and keep Mr. Rochester at a distance: distrust yourself as well as him.
“Beatrice was here as well as she.”
And she dresses as well as any woman in London.
Urbanity, as well as to present a united front to any and all worlds.
Everybody’s full of joy and gratitude and stuff–as well as information.
“We can spare him fifty pounds as well as not, can’t we, Mart?”
At the end, they knew the Artisans as well as the Artisans knew them.
He was not a coward and bore necessary pain as well as any man.
It knows its way about as well as any bird in the land.
They did not want wine, but they were thirsty as well as hungry.
The main-line engine she’s built for speed as well as power.
All children, as well as a good many grown-ups, love conjuring.
‘Purple’s made out of a fish, as well as out of red and blue,’ said Robert.
And you may have this one as well as the rest.
We owe him those two shillings, as well as the Jungle books!
“So they left you a latch-key as well as everything else!”
Then I asked if there was a backdoor to the chest as well as a skylight.
I am to get revenge as well as save my money.
This was my strong room as well as my sleeping room.
Jolson was scoffing at the Dingles as well as the McKeon.
Not this time northward solely, but down the beach as well as up.
“Oh, the girl can row as well as a man, but I must have a partner.”
A sense of impotency shackled her spirit as well as lamed her tongue.
Hildegard’s face grew hard with the words, “As well as Jack Galbraith’s.”
‘And then you would like me as well as your father?’
Tomorrow I am going out in the morning as well as in the afternoon.
I know as well as you that we are in a hole.
They think we earn an enormous wage as well as having a soft time of it.
The awful thing is that beauty is mysterious as well as terrible.
For all the ‘babes,’ for there are big children as well as little children.
I invite you all, gentlemen, as well as the general.
“There’s Rosamond as well as Fred.”
Will could laugh now as well as smile.
There is his daughter as well as his sister.
There’s no knowing what he might have done for you as well as for Fred.
She thinks I did wrong by her mother as well as by her.
She has thriven as well as child can do with the weaver; and he adopted her.
You can quote as well as anyone I know.
Then Willie would have been as well as ever.
I have a right to happiness, as well as other women.
I don’t see why he shouldn’t get on as well as the rest of us.
‘But princesses have told lies as well as other people,’ said Curdier.
There is a purpose, too, as well as an admission, in the laugh.
The mother of Red Clay was a princess by birth as well as by marriage.
“Ah! and you know it as well as A, B, C,” playfully retorted Collide.
I twisted my head round as well as my bonds would permit.
There is building up as well as breaking down and changing.
The servants, as well as the young ladies, decorated it.
No, I don’t think quite that–if you can afford it just as well as not.
I can ‘tend to two as well as one.
Might have done it in the first place as well as not.
Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.
It plays house, as well as horse, having an instinct for it.
You must have a genius for charity as well as for any thing else.
Everybody says it as well as I.
I don’t know that as well as thee?
A poor man hath a soul to be saved, as well as his betters.
There be justices of peace in London, as well as in other places.
Two to one are odds at every other thing as well as at foot-ball.
I fancy, when money is to be got, I can smell it out as well as another.
I myself have my sorrows as well as thee, and most probably greater sorrows.
His poetry, as well as Ogilvy’s, is too mean for criticism.
When the flood cometh it swept away grain as well as chaff.
I wonder if you could train me to smell as well as that….
He achieved an internal as well as external economy.
Our boats were rowing as well as sailing.
But don’t you care to escape as well as we?
You have proved that to my satisfaction as well as yours.
And, as you say, it may tempt for good as well as for evil.
Can the Delaware’s swim, too, as well as crawl in the bushes?
Ambition, as well as love, had probably been mortified.
I am very sure he understands the value of friendship as well as any body.
His sisters should consider me as well as him.
Let her chose for herself, as well as the rest of us.
He too had a sacrifice to make to Mansfield Park as well as his aunt.
She knew the ways of Upper cross as well as those of Kellynch.
Console Lady Catherine as well as you can.
It was the favorites wish of his mother, as well as of hers.
YOU must have seen the difference as well as I.
You will have time to think as well as to work.
She slept in it as well as a prince on his royal couch.
They purify as well as disturb the atmosphere.
Won’t it be nice to be prosperous as well as happy!
I must explain that I dabble in chemistry as well as mineralogy.
Or think you I cannot love your grace when you are sad As well as merry?
Three weeks afterwards he was as well as ever.
“Perhaps I do, as well as another,” said Philae’s Fog, rising.
The Gulf of Bengal does not agree with me as well as the Indian Ocean.
The Frenchman was asleep as well as Step an Arkadyevitch.
And she sang it just as quietly, as coolly, and as well as the others.
Besides, you owe something to John as well as to the babies.
I don’t like that half as well as going with you and Laurie.
He said it was a feast for the eye as well as the palate.
He put the tea down himself and said we could wait awhile as well as not.
“He was a bully as well as a rascal, Gertrude,” I said.
We know it most as well as if we’d seen them go.
Baldy, yu’ know, he can stay on a tame horse most as well as the schoolmarm.
I respected him as a man, as well as a teacher.
Yet Bibney got around as well as the next person.
The rascal now had her hand, as well as her heart.
There is then creative reading as well as creative writing.
And they are librarians and historiographers, as well as poets.
A great soul will be strong to live, as well as strong to think.
We write from aspiration and antagonism, as well as from experience.
I wish that friendship should have feet, as well as eyes and eloquence.
He can read and write as well as most gentlemen, I can tell you that.
They, as well as my father, are more and more incensed against me, it seems.
But this will do as well as another place.
She was frightened as well as agitated at his vehemence.
He wavered outwardly as well as inwardly.
The flours-de-lye are ours as well as the N’s.
Children have their morning song as well as birds.
The morning has its specters as well as the evening.
All about it is serious, the good as well as the bad.
Good thoughts have their abysses as well as evil ones.
Imitations can be made in France as well as in Germany.
“I know that secret as well as the others,” said Marius.
Everything is in disorder, the star as well as the drama.
Rome sets the example for these things as well as for others.
Woe to him whom it bears away as well as to him whom it strikes!
There is the slang of the affected lady as well as of the prÃ©cieuses.
Both the posts pass at night; the one going as well as the one coming.
They do not hesitate; he is Jean Val jean for them as well as for Brevet.
I’m sure no one here knows the country as well as you do.
Nor is it true that bananas include moisture as well as sustenance.
“But, Zora, must you folk ape our nonsense as well as our sense?”
There must be some you don’t like as well as others.
“I should have thought I could do as well as that,” he said to himself.
“I wonder if I shall ever be able to paint as well as that,” he said to her.
Two other persons proved to be within hearing, as well as the cook.
Better edge looked surprised as well as annoyed by the interruption.
We have been examined together, as well as separately, to assist the police.
“I must submit, Marian, as well as I can,” she said.
You must leave us for her sake, as well as for your own.
I remember how it happened as well as if it was yesterday.
First, I was to hold my tongue–in my own interests as well as in his.
Was she dead, as well as Pepper?
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