I would like to know the subtle difference between these words. When writing an essay, I usually encounter a difficulty: Can as well as be used interchangeably with and? For example, if I write
I was asked to write a letter of complaint wherein I had to convey my remonstrance about the hotel, where I stayed on my holiday; as well as having to require an action, thereby urging the manager of the hotel to remedy the problems I had been encountering as long as I was living there.
will as well as mean and? To be honest, I see that as well as denotes in addition to. Indeed, in the sentence above two things were expressed: 1) I am given the information on which I must draw to write a letter of complaint, 2) Problems must be solved.
On the other hand, and would imply the same, were I to use it instead of as well as, and it would mean "in addition to" or "also".
At any rate, I think up another example:
I love being interviewed as well as required to express my opinion.
In fact, it means "I love when I am interviewed, and (in addition to that) when I am required (asked) to tell someone my opinion on a thing". As you discern, as well as associate the two things.
I love being interviewed, as well as playing computer games.
The meaning of the sentence ìs "I love when people interview me, and in addition to that, I like playing computer games".
It turns out that and means "also" and "in addition to", does it not? Beside that, as well as denotes the same. Or as well as differs from and? For instance,
I have bought a car as well as a book today.
I have bought a car and a book.
Is the first sentence correct? Do both sentences mean "I have bought a car; in addition to that, I have also purchased a book"?