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    Smile use of 'also' in a sentence

    in speaking it confuses me where to put the 'also' like if we say "i also will do that" or "i will also do that" what will be the difference in meaning. Thanks.

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    Default Re: use of 'also' in a sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by hznaeem View Post
    in speaking it confuses me where to put the 'also' like if we say "i also will do that" or "i will also do that" what will be the difference in meaning. Thanks.
    The word "also" is an adverb, and adverb placement is often flexible, especially in spoken language.

    1. I'll do that also.
    2. I'll also do that.
    3. Also, I'll do that. - least typical placement of "also" of the three
    All three are correct.

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    Default Re: use of 'also' in a sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by hznaeem View Post
    in speaking it confuses me where to put the 'also' like if we say "i also will do that" or "i will also do that" what will be the difference in meaning. Thanks.
    The two sentences can each have two different meanings. (both can have the same two meanings)
    So depending on what the intended meaning is, one of the sentences may be preferred.

    A...I will write them a letter.
    B...I also will do that. (means that A and B will write letters)

    A...I will write them a letter.
    B...I think you should phone them too.
    A...Okay, I will also do that. (means that A will write a letter and phone)

    In the first conversation, "also" refers to "I" and directly follows "I".
    In the second conversation, "also" refers to "do that" and is directly in front of "do that".

    There is another possibility, which is 'I will do that also.', (A will write and phone...most suited for the second conversation)

    In oral conversation, you can stress "I" or "do that" to help the listener know what "also" refers to. Of course, context will do that too.
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    Thanks a lot for such a nice detailed reply, it helped me.

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    You're welcome.

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    Question Re: use of 'also' in a sentence

    thanks, but can we swipe 'also' with 'too'. Like in your own sentence you wrote "Of course, context will do that too". can we say "Of course, context also, will do that" .
    i would also like to learn that whether it is flexible to swipe 'also', 'too' and 'as well' with each other. In some cases it's looking wrong like we say "i love you too" but i think we can't say "i also love you".
    you said in speaking we can stress 'i' or 'do that' to know the listner what we need to say, so by just stressing can we place also anywhere in the sentence and it wouldn't affect the grammer of sentence, (I am more interested in grammer rather than in slang or spoken english), looking forward for your kind feedback.
    Thanks.

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    Default Re: use of 'also' in a sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by hznaeem View Post
    thanks, but can we replace 'also' with 'too'. Like in your own sentence you wrote "Of course, context will do that too". can we say "Of course, context also, will do that ". yes

    i would also like to learn that whether it is flexible to replace 'also', 'too' and 'as well' with each other. In some cases it's looking wrong like we say "i love you too" but i think we can't say "i also love you". You can say that.
    you said in speaking we can stress 'i' or 'do that' to know the listner what we need to say, so by just stressing can we place also anywhere in the sentence and it wouldn't affect the grammer of sentence, Generally yes, the position of "also" is quite flexible.


    (I am more interested in grammer rather than in slang or spoken english), looking forward for your kind feedback.
    Thanks.
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    Default Re: use of 'also' in a sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by hznaeem View Post
    in speaking it confuses me where to put the 'also' like if we say "i also will do that" or "i will also do that" what will be the difference in meaning. Thanks.

    "Also" is like "only" in that it modifies the word it is closest to.

    "I also will do that" means that you will join the others in doing that.

    "I will also do that" means that there is another thing you will do.

    In spoken English especially, and often in writing as well, this modifier is misplaced. The meaning is normally disambiguated by the context and the speaker's voice inflection.

    For example, the word "too" (for "also") is almost always placed at the end of both of the sentences you cited:

    "I'll do that too" is how both of those ideas are expressed.

    Yet the population is not drifting around in a fog of mutual incomprehension, so something must be allowing for this theoretically incorrect usage.

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    Default Re: use of 'also' in a sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    The two sentences can each have two different meanings. (both can have the same two meanings)
    So depending on what the intended meaning is, one of the sentences may be preferred.
    "also", "too" and "as well" have this same meaning, but the grammar is not always the same; so you can't always replace one with the others.
    "as well" is used less often than "too" and "also".
    A...I will write them a letter.
    B...I (also) (too) will do that. "as well" would not be wrong here, but is not commonly used in a situation like this.

    (means that A and B will write letters)


    A...I will write them a letter.
    B...I think you should phone them too.
    A...Okay, I will also do that.
    Okay, I will (too)(as well) do that.
    Okay, I will do that (too)(as well).

    (means that A will write a letter and phone)


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    Wink Re: use of 'also' in a sentence

    Thanks for such a detailed reply.

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