On July 10, I posted this grammar puzzle in my Be The Editor series on my Facebook page. FB fans suggested that commas should go around "as well as Tofino, and that is certainly an option.
I prefer commas around "as well as Tofino," too; however, they're not needed unless you like the pauses--which I do.
But let's take a look at conjunctions. The list of coordination conjunctions is the shortest.
for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so
The lists of subordinating conjunctions and correlative conjunctions are much longer. You can view those lists here. You'll notice that "as well as" isn't in any of these lists. That's because "as well as" isn't a conjunction.
When you use "as well as," only the word before "as well as" is considered the subject.
When you use "and," the word after and before "and" create the compound subject.
In the sentence above, the subject is "Ucluelet," which means the subject is singular. Therefore, "are" must be "is" (singular) to agree with Ucluelet.
It's almost like "as well as Tofino" isn't there: Ucluelet is a west coast tourist destination.
To keep "are," you could replace "as well as" with "and": Ucluelet and Tofino are west coast tourist destinations.
Treat "together with" and "in addition to" like "as well as"; they also don't create compound subjects.
When I edit, I remove most uses of "as well as" because they tend to complicate long and complex sentences. I leave them in short, simple sentences, but I take care with the subject-verb agreement as with our example in this post.
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