As well as ” is a cumulative conjunction, used to form coordinating clauses and compound or mixed sentences. “As well as ” is used to join two grammatical forms with great emphasis on one compare to other.
Role of as well as cumulative conjunction
“As well as” is used to join two grammatical forms with great emphasis on one compares to other. Generally, this conjunction is used to join:-
3.Two independent clauses
“As well as” is used to add extra stress or emphasis on second part of the sentence.
While using “as well as” comma is placed to separate second part.
•Temperature, as well as soil, is very important to support life.
•Soil,as well as water pollution, is dangerous for plants growth.
•China, as well as US, is capable to shape global economy.
•Fossil fuel, as well as coal, is responsible for the carbon dioxide emmisson.
In all the examples, you might have noticed that the use of comma is essential to separate the emphasised earlier grammatical form from second.
But, “as well as” cumulative conjunction is different from “Both…And” which is also cumulative coordinating conjunction.
Let’s see the comparison between two.
Comparison with Both… And
Both…. And are used to join two equal grammatical forms. It is very essential because this conjunction emphasis equally on both sides.
•It is used only when the parts are equal in value.
•Both is paired with “And”. Moreover, “And” acts as a coordinator for “Both”.
For the better understanding, here are some examples.
•Both global warming and climate change are threat for biodiversity.
•Oceans are both deep and vast.
•US wants both to reduce trade deficit and to increase employment through negotiations.
•She aspires both to visit US and to study there.
•Chins is both planning to boost export and trying to make bilateral agreements to generate surplus.
•In this way, the use of both.. and is only possible when there is equal grammatical forms in the form of word phrases or independent clauses.
•Further, it is limited to only positive sentences. It is not used in the negative sense.
As well as is different in meaning than “And”or Both… And. It is though cumulative coordinating conjunctions, it is used in the different context.
“And”& Both… And are used to join equal value grammatical units or forms with equal emphasis.
•On the other hand, “As well as” is used to add extra emphasis in the second part.
One thing you should bear in mind that “as well as” doesn’t make subject plural. Temperature, as well as soil, is very important to support life. •Soil,as well as water pollution, is dangerous for plants growth. In both examples, you can easily notice the difference through subject verb agreement.