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I was wondering if the use of "as well" in the middle of the sentence is correct in formal English.

Here is the particular sentence I am writing:

I got ample opportunities to communicate with a large audience and individuals as well, which enhanced my oral communication skills.

  • I don't think it's incorrect, but I would rephrase it as "... with large audiences and individuals alike..." No real reason (which is why I'm not posting it as an answer), just looks and feels better to me. – EFrog Jan 10 '15 at 11:53
  • The agreement in 'I got ample opportunities to communicate with a large audience' is disconcerting. Is 'I got ample opportunities to communicate with individuals, and also once addressed a large audience ...' intended? – Edwin Ashworth Jan 10 '15 at 12:02
  • Any reason you like to use both and & as well? – Kris Jan 10 '15 at 12:19
  • In my comment, 'and' is the tack-on-[any-old]-associated-info sentence-connector, while 'also' emphasises the point of additional supportive material. I wouldn't drop 'also'. Though I'm not too clear about what OP actually means. One or several/many audiences? And did he take all those opportunities? – Edwin Ashworth Jan 10 '15 at 12:27
  • It looks like a clumsy usage to me. If you insist as well, you might improve things slightly by parenthesizing (and individuals as well), but I'd rather rephrase to "I had ample opportunity to communicate with both large audiences and individuals, which enhanced my oral communication skills." – FumbleFingers Jan 10 '15 at 14:06
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I checked the BNC (British National Corpus), and I have found a number of such occurrences:

Perverse unreasonable Pamela, begone from my sight and know as well how to behave in a hopeful prospect...

...many actually had art galleries and museums under their care as well, providing an early example of multi-media provision...

The comma is also not obligatory. Certainly, the most common cas is the structure as well as.

Between, you can use it at the beginning as well:

As well as Germany, Japan, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Canada, Italy and Holland all dump the deadly stuff here to be converted back into more nuclear fuel.

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"as well" is fine, but you need to put a comma after "audience" to make it clear that "as well" applies only to "individuals". Otherwise it can be taken to refer back to whatever you might have said in the prior sentence. (I did x, and, additionallly, I had ample opportunities .......) that is, the "as well" in your example could be taken as a sentence modifier.

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The use of as well in the middle of sentence is quite fine, it is commonly used after the subject of the sentence. For instance,

We liked speaking to people of different cultures. She as well adores it. or Mary as well adores it.

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