as well as everyone else

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  • Oddmania

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    I understand it as "he had been fooling himself and everyone else". I wouldn't take it to mean "He, as well as everyone else, was shocked"


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    English - South-East England
    And I also wouldn't take it as "He had been fooling other people well, and himself equally well". 'As well as' often has that theoretical ambiguity but which is very rarely a problem in practice.
    Reading what follows the OP I suggest a third solution: he had been fooling himself as well as everyone else had been been fooling themselves.

    on second thought I'm afraid my suggestion is grammatically inconsistent, as it would need another had at the end of the OP, sorry:oops:
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