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I am curious about which side of the expression is stressed when "as well as" is used as a conjunction. For example:

brave as well as loyal

In this case, which adjective sounds highlighted more? Or do they sound equally important?

PS: For example, a friend of mine says the emphasis is put on the preceding/second noun since it sounds like an unexpected or surplus thing. As such, it is almost like saying "X person was loyal as much as s/he was brave."

Thanks in advance!

  • I'd consider 'He is brave as well as loyal.' unusual without prior context perhaps stressing 'his' loyalty. Then, the new quality is stressed in this sentence. // 'He is loyal and brave.' is the unmarked version; this ordering flows better than the alternative. – Edwin Ashworth Aug 2 '17 at 0:19
  • I am not sure where but I remember someone saying the stress is in the first adjective when "as well as" is used as a conjunction. So what do you think is its difference from simply using "and" ? – Reactor4 Aug 2 '17 at 0:55
  • People losing interest after reading 'as well as'? – Edwin Ashworth Aug 2 '17 at 12:40
  • You might make an argument that brave and loyal was a simple statement while brave as well as loyal implied some kind of contradistinction but generally that would involve semantics as well as grammar… brave as well as scared would seem much more obvious than brave as well as loyal – Robbie Goodwin Aug 3 '17 at 0:44

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