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Default Re: as well

Look at what I said again - as well = too = so They're connectives of addition , meaning they can only be used to join two ideas which are the same - as in Swan's example:

You can have a cake and you can (have a cake) too/as well.
You can have a cake and so can you.


The meaning is yes + yes. For no + no you have the negative variants either/neither.
You can't have a cake and you can't (have a cake) either

But your first example is not yes+yes - it's no + yes. The ideas are different, not the same. So you cannot use connectives of addition - you need a connective of contrast - eg but

You can have a cake but you can't (have a cake) (No/Yes)

John didn't stop but Mary did. (John no, Mary yes)
John stopped, but Mary didn't. (John yes, Mary no)
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