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  • Oddmania

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    French
    Hi,

    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"
     

    entangledbank

    Senior Member
    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.

    Edit:
    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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