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Reply to "the expression [as well as] is a preposition or a conjunction?"

Hi, Maged Hosny,

@Maged Hosny posted:

[as well as] is a preposition or conjunction?

As a linker of addition, "as well as" is halfway between both parts of speech.

Quirk and Greenbaum define it as a quasi-coordinator. On page 275 of their A University Grammar of English, they explain that quasi-coordinators sometimes resemble coordinating conjunctions and give this example:

- He publishes as well as prints his own books.

But they add that they can also have a prepositional or subordinating role, as in:

- As well as printing the books, he publishes them.

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