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     Using "Too", "Also" and "As well" Correctly

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We use "too", "also" and "as well" to give more information about someone or something.

Also

We put "also" immediately in front of a verb unless the verb is "to be":

My mother cleaned the rooms and also washed the windows. (correct)
My mother cleaned the rooms and washed also the windows. (incorrect!)

Alice has a lot of friends and she often goes to parties. She also likes jogging and swimming. (correct)
Alice has a lot of friends and she often goes to parties. She likes also jogging and swimming. (incorrect!)

James went back to his home town last month. He did things he hadn't done in a long time and he also saw people he hadn't seen in years. (correct)
James went back to his home town last month. He did things he hadn't done in a long time and he saw also people he hadn't seen in years. (incorrect!)

I'm really busy today. I have to clean my apartment and I also have to wash my car. (correct)
I'm really busy today. I have to clean my apartment and I have to also wash my car. (incorrect!)

When the verb is "to be" we put "also" after it:

Kate is a very nice person. She is smart and talented. She is also very polite and friendly. (correct)
Kate is a very nice person. She also is very polite and friendly. (incorrect!)

After work Janet was really tired. She was also very hungry. (correct)
After work Janet was really tired. She also was very hungry. (incorrect!)

If there is an auxiliary in the sentence "also" goes after the auxiliary. When in the sentence there are more than one auxiliary we put "also" after the first one.

Our little son returned from the supermarket yesterday and was very upset. He had bought some apples an oranges. He had also bought a bottle of milk and a little ice-cream. And he couldn't believe that he had spent all his money. (correct)
Our little son returned from the supermarket yesterday and was very upset. He had bought some apples an oranges. He also had bought a bottle of milk and a little ice-cream. (incorrect!) And he couldn't believe that he had spent all his money.

Note that "also" is sometimes put at the beginning of the sentence but never at the end of the sentence:

Betty wasn't prepared for her English essay yesterday. She made a lot of mistakes. Also, she used several words incorrectly.(correct)
Betty wasn't prepared for her English essay yesterday. She made a lot of mistakes. She used several words incorrectly, also. (incorrect!)

Too

We use "too" as an adverb or a sub-modifier to indicate that something applies to or includes someone or something else. We usually put "too" at the end of the sentence. For example:

Jane likes apples and oranges. Her brother likes them, too. (correct)
Jane likes apples and oranges. Her brother too likes them. (incorrect!)

Tina is a good dancer. Her boyfriend is a good dancer, too. (In this case it is also possible to say "Her boyfriend too is a dancer.") (correct)

Peter is a talented painter. His wife is a painter, too. (In this case it is also possible to say "His wife too is a painter.") (correct)

We've just returned home from an exhausting trip. My husband and I are so tired. Our children are tired, too. (correct)

The advantage of doing exercises in pair or in groups is that student are more active: they talk more and they do more thinking too. (correct)

As well

We always put "as well" at the end of the sentence:

Kate is very good at learning languages. She speaks excellent English and Spanish, and she knows Italian as well. (correct)

James and his girlfriend often go to the cinema. They love going to the concerts as well. (correct)

Remember that we use "also", "too" and "as well" in affirmative sentences. In negative sentences we use "either":

Robert didn't pass the examination yesterday. His schoolmate Tom didn't pass it, either. (correct)
Sue hasn't read this book. Her best friend Judy hasn't read it, either. (correct)









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