The Grammar GuideAbbreviationsCan we remove "as well" from the sentence?

Can we remove "as well" from the sentence?

Can we remove "as well" from the sentence?

If you are writing a sentence with the words as well, you can omit it to make your writing more clear and concise. It's often better to rephrase sentences without as well to make them easier to understand.

Here's an example:

  • I enjoyed the meal; my husband did as well.
  • My husband and I enjoyed the meal.

While the first example is grammatically correct, the second example is clearer and less wordy.

In English, more words do not necessarily mean better writing. While a sentence might be grammatically correct, extra words and phrases can make a sentence too wordy and more difficult to understand. As well is an example of a phrase that can make a sentence unclear. Sometimes, as well can be removed completely. Other times, it’s better to rephrase the sentence.

Removing as well

  • Original: I learned a lot at the conference, and I met some great people as well.
  • Better: I learned a lot at the conference, and I met some great people.

Rephrasing a sentence

  • Original: I went to Disney World with my parents. My sister went, as well.
  • Better: My sister and I went to Disney World with our parents.

Exception

The phrase as well as is a different matter. It is often the most succinct way to compare two things. It can also mean in addition to. In these cases, deleting as well is not necessary.