As well as is not a synonym for and
A common writing mistake is substituting as well as for and. But they’re not synonymous.
Because as well as is not a coordinating conjunction, it cannot be used to join two or more things of equal importance.
Instead, it places the importance on whatever comes before as well as.
Here’s an example where as well as is used incorrectly:
This could potentially limit his ability to influence his team, as well as build momentum for further changes and improvements.
Replacing as well as with and in that sentence makes it correct:
This could potentially limit his ability to influence his team and build momentum for further changes and improvements.
If you’re joining two or more things of equal importance, use and.
Consider adding guidance on this in your writing style guide.
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