‘Aswell’ or ‘As Well’: How to Spell it Correctly

By Shanea Patterson, updated on November 22, 2022

Do you spell it ‘aswell’ or ‘as well’ in the English language? We’ll answer that below plus teach you the definition of the term and how to use it in a sentence correctly.

But if you’d prefer the short answer, the correct way to spell the phrase is ‘as well’ with a space. Without the space, the word is incorrect, ungrammatical, and doesn’t make any sense.

‘Aswell’ – Common Errors in English Usage

The English language is one of the most difficult languages to learn, and as a result, errors are commonly made when it comes to spelling and usage.

‘Aswell’ is the incorrect way to spell the term.

‘Aswell’ vs. ‘As Well’ – Which is Correct 

As you learned above, the correct way to spell the term is ‘as well’ with a space. However, without a space, the phrase simply doesn’t make any sense in the English language.

There are several phrases in the English language that require a space (such as compound words). For example:

  • Time saver
  • High school
  • Child care
  • Water tank
  • Poorly planned
  • Highly sensitive

Definition and Meaning

The Merriam-Webster definition of the phrase ‘as well’ is: “and in addition: and,” and “in addition to: besides.”

Let’s break it down a bit further and define each word.

The Merriam-Webster definition of the word ‘as’ is: “to the same degree or amount,” “for instance: such as,” “when considered in a specified form or relation,” “as if,” “in or to the same degree in which,” “in the way or manner that,” “in accordance with what or the way in which,” “while, when,” “regardless of the degree to which: though,” “for the reason that: because, since,” “that the result is.”

The Merriam-Webster definition of the word ‘well’ is: “an issue of water from the earth: a pool fed by a spring,” “source, origin,” “a pit or hole sunk into the earth to reach a supply of water,” “a shaft or hole sunk to obtain oil, brine, or gas,” “an enclosure in the middle of a ship’s fishing boat in which fish are kept alive,” “an open space extending vertically through floors of a structure,” and “a space having a construction or shape suggesting a well for water.”

It’s also defined as: “the area behind a bar in which items used most frequently by a bartender are kept,” “something resembling a well in being damp, cool, deep, or dark,” “a deep vertical hole,” “a source from which something may be drawn as needed,” and “a pronounced minimum of a variable in physics.”

The verb definition of the word is: “to rise to the surface and usually flow forth” and “to rise like a flood of liquid.”

In its adverb form, it means: “in a good or proper manner: justly, rightly,” “satisfactorily with respect to conduct or action,” “in a kindly or friendly manner,” “with skill or aptitude: expertly, excellently,” “with good appearance or effect: elegantly,” “with careful or close attention: attentively,” “to a high degree,” “fully, quite,” “in a way appropriate to the facts or circumstances: fittingly, rightly,” in a prudent manner: sensibly,” “in accordance with the occasion or circumstances: with propriety or good reason,” “as one could wish: pleasingly,” “with material success: advantageously,” “easily, readily,” “in a prosperous or affluent manner,” “to an extent approaching completeness: thoroughly,” “without doubt or question: clearly,” “in a familiar manner,” and “to a large extent or degree: considerably, far.”

How to Use ‘As Well’ in a Sentence Correctly

Now that we know what the phrase means, we can move on to using it in a sentence correctly.

Take a look at a few examples of how to use the phrase:

  • I’m a master’s student as well as a restaurateur.
  • I teach English 101 and Creative Writing, as well as Marketing Fundamentals at NYU.
  • You need to fill out a form as well as take a written test to get your driver’s license in New York State.
  • She’s a content creator as well as a copywriter.
  • I didn’t expect an Ariana Grande song to resonate with me as well as make me want to stream the album.
  • We had cookies, cakes, pies, and donuts, as well as apple cider and hot chocolate at the Fall Festival.

Final Thoughts on ‘Aswell’ and ‘As Well’

Now that you know it’s correct to use ‘as well,’ you can stop using ‘aswell’ or you’ll know not to use it in your writing.

To help you get this right in the future, remember that it’s similar to phrases like ‘each other’ and ‘good morning’ in that they require a space between the words.

And don’t forget, you can always come back here and look through our library of articles dedicated to explaining confusing words and phrases in the English language.

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Written By:
Shanea Patterson
Shanea Patterson is a writer based in New York and loves writing for brands big and small. She has a master's degree in professional writing from New York University and a bachelor's degree in English from Mercy College.

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