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I wrote the following sentence:

He refused to get on another flight the following day, as well as to join the conference via Skype

However, I am not completely sure about the usage of "as well as" in this case. I have read other questions regarding this, as well as several online resources, and right now I feel as if this is not officially grammatically correct, but it still feels natural to me. It would be nice if a native speaker could give me some feedback.

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    It looks grammatical to me. As well as is a well-known conjunction and to preserves the stylistically parallel construction of the verbs. – Jason Bassford Jun 8 '19 at 12:53
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    I think as well as is a bit weird in this negating context, where it's much more idiomatic to use or. But this is really a question better addressed on English Language Learners – FumbleFingers Jun 8 '19 at 13:29
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    The point is that he refused to do both, and the negation is supposed to continue over both clauses. However, there is no overt negative in this sentence -- refuse entails a negative complement clause, but that's not overt negation, and there's nothing after the third syllable of the sentence that reminds the reader of the negation. I would use nor instead of as well as, to reinforce the negation of the first clause, as well as to mark the second clause as being part of a disjoined complement clause. Also, nor is only one syllable, while as well as is three. – John Lawler Jun 8 '19 at 15:57
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I think it would be better to say:

He refused either to get on another flight the following day, or to join the conference via Skype.

Once you have said "either" your readers are expecting an "or". They recognize the structure of your sentence.

"As well as" is not usually followed by an infinitive verb. Here are some examples:

As well as killing the cat he stole the dog.

He stole the cat as well as the dog.

He annoyed me as well as you.

Apples can be green as well as red.

Shares can go down as well as up.

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