Oleg Zheleznov
Using "As well" Using "as well" and "as well as" at the begining of phrase or in the end
What does it mean and when can I use it?
15 apr 2018 13:42
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As well as:
This is for comparison. I cannot sing as well as her. I do not speak Spanish as well as he does. 

As well:
It usually goes at the end of a sentence and is used like the words TOO and ALSO. 
After you order water at the restaurant, I might say to the waiter: I'll have water as well. 
You're learning to speak English? I'm learning a second language as well!
15 aprile 2018

Erica and Jian have got this one covered for you but I would add that "well" can be used as an indicator of quality (as in "well done", "you have done well") and therefore you just need to be aware that "as well" or "as well as" can also be used as a comparison of that quality / skill level. 

Compare the examples below: 

"No, no, I don't play football as well as tennis. Just tennis." (as per Jian's example above)

"No, I can't play football as well as I play tennis. I'm not very good at football." (comparison of skill level)

"I like to eat a lot of meat but I do eat my vegetables as well." (could be replaced with "too")

"Harry speaks excellent French, he is often mistaken for a native. I don't speak French nearly as well. (comparison of skill)


15 aprile 2018
I used to think that "as well" could never be at the beginning of a sentence. In fact, I don't think I ever saw/heard it at the beginning of a sentence back when I lived in the States. But then I moved to England, and suddenly, I started seeing it precisely there: at the beginning of a sentence (meaning "also" or "furthermore"). Initially, I thought it was some sort of mistake, but then I decided it must be British usage. Is it? Would any of our British friends care to offer an explanation? :-) 
15 aprile 2018
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Oleg Zheleznov
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