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    the use of "as well as"

    According to my dictionary, the word "as well as" means "and".

    (ex.)
    He is brave as well as loyal.

    Is there any difference between "as well as" and "and"?

    Do the two words always interchangeable?
    If there is any different usage or nuance between them,
    please let me know.

    Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by groopy7777 View Post
    According to my dictionary, the word "as well as" means "and".

    (ex.)
    He is brave as well as loyal.

    Is there any difference between "as well as" and "and"?

    Do the two words always interchangeable?
    If there is any different usage or nuance between them,
    please let me know.

    Thank you.
    They are not always interchangeable. The use of as well as is similar in meaning and usage to ‘in addition to’ - as a subordinating conjunction, and usually the '-ing' form of the verb follows after it:
    He teaches English in addition to/as well as working on his Ph.D.
    He hurt his arm, as well as breaking his leg.
    With ‘and’ you have to say:
    He hurt his arm, and broke (not breaking) his leg.


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    Re: the use of "as well as"

    When I use the word "as well as" and native speakers review my sentence, then they sometimes change the word "as well as" into the word "and".

    Maybe they feel strange about my use of "as well as".
    If the meaning is the same between the "as well as" and "and",
    why do they change?

    Please tell me the difference from the view point of native speakers' nuance.

    Thank you.

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    Re: the use of "as well as"

    Ohayo groopy 7777
    I agree that "as well as", sometimes, is interchangeable, but not always.
    In the following sentence, for example, it's impossible to change "as well as" on "and":
    'Stan, Jack and John are coming as well as our friend from New York'.
    Sorry I can not help you but I would like. Tongues nuances are very complicated, you have to feel them.
    Sayounara.

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