In Reply to: And/as well they should posted by JKS on March 19, 2009 at 19:07:
: I'm wondering which is correct, "And well they should" or "As well they should," and what the origin of the phrase is. E.g. "Folks in thriving small towns like the peace and quiet and close-knit community. And/As well they should. Such things are rare in today's mad mad world."
Perhaps someone else wishes to expand on this, but you can say either, "as well they should," or "and well they should." But I don't think you can say, "and as well they should." "And" and "as" are both conjunctions, and one is enough. Forget "well" for a moment. Does it make sense to say, "as they should"? Yes it does. Does it make sense to say "and they should"? Yes it does. The adverb "well" in the clause serves as an intensifier, with basically no effect on the grammatical correctness of the clause introduced by either "and" or "as".
Why does this phrase need an origin? It's just plain English.