I came a cross this sentence:

"But you could as well use part of your RAM for a partition. It's hard to guess this of every possible scenario."

Is 'could as well' a phrase? Like 'might as well'?

  • Is there more info you could provide? It could mean could also or could as easily. For an AmE speaker, it's not a very well-written sentence, to be honest. It's a bit awkward.
    – Catija
    Feb 26, 2015 at 1:57
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    No, but as well is.
    – user3169
    Feb 26, 2015 at 5:15
  • @Catija The source is a forum thread, too long, can't post it here, I guess he means could also.
    – ChaoYang
    Feb 26, 2015 at 11:38

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One of the examples I found in COCA is from CSMonitor

In another class, the instructor could as well be explaining how to start a new McDonald's franchise.

Even I come across such construction quite frequently. Remembering all those instances, I think, it does form a sentence meaning 'one could also...'.

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