French Language/ainsi que

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Dear Alex,

I hope this question doesn't sound too silly, but the nuance of the words “ainsi que” are driving me crazy!

This is the context:  I recently received an email from a French friend whom I have not seen in a while.  A bunch of us are getting together next week, but in his email he said “Il me ferait plaisir de te revoir ainsi que notre amie Samantha qui.....who will also be there”.
Can you tell me if he is saying that he will enjoy seeing her just as much as me, and what ainsi que means here.  I don't know why he even mentioned her.

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Dear Kathy,

Your translation is correct.  I also read this as him saying that he will be pleased to see you again as well as Samantha.  Ainsi que can mean as well as (meaning also or too), just as, or like, depending on context.  He will be pleased to see you again just as he will be pleased to see Samantha again.  He will be pleased to see you again like when he sees Samantha again.  He will be pleased to see you again and he will be pleased to see Samantha again as well.

I hope this helps.

Alex D

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I can answer questions relating to grammar, spelling, vocabulary, but not pronunciation. Pronunciation is too difficult to write out to be meaningful. If you are looking to learn the accent of the language, you must hear the language - and there are many websites that allow you to listen to native speakers.

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I grew up in a French speaking family. My father is French-Canadian born. I majored in Languages at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth and Classics at Roger Williams University. In both cases my concentration was on the French language.

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