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    Question A question about "too"

    There is a sentence:
    "However, toward the end of the seventeenth century, they too were overtaken by the general agricultural crisis."
    why the "too" can be placed in front of a verb???

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    Default Re: A question about "too"

    Although the adverb, too, is usually placed at the end of a sentence, in a very formal style, we can use Too directly after the subject.

    Code:
    I, too, have a very fast car.
    I wondered whether I too would become one of its victims.
    However, toward the end of the seventeenth century, they too were overtaken by the general agricultural crisis.
    Last edited by driftwood; 18-Jun-2013 at 13:32. Reason: typos

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    Default Re: A question about "too"

    In previous centuries people had done something. But they weren't alone. It happened in the 17th c. too. A more informal syntax does tend to put the too at the end. But not always.

    Generally, the things at the beginning of a sentence tend to carry more weight. The ball hit me puts the focus on the ball, I was hit by the ball puts the focus on me. Tightening the screws is important is less attention-grabbing than It is important to tighten the screws. You can make it even more attention-grabbing by further promoting the 'important': Important: tighten the screws. The ultimate attention-grabber promotes the 'important' to a separate line:
    Important
    Tighten the screws.

    In this case you'd also no doubt highlight the headline in some way, but for the example to be fair I'm just varying the position of the key word.

    So even in speech it's not unusual (or necessariy very formal) to put the too as early as possible. 'I too...' (though the 'too' can't come earlier - as it could, say, in Italian: Anche io...

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    Default Re: A question about "too"

    Quote Originally Posted by Esperanza_ View Post
    There is a sentence:
    "However, toward the end of the seventeenth century, they too were overtaken by the general agricultural crisis."
    why the "too" can be placed in front of a verb???
    Also, it is to make sure that you apply "too" (also) to "they", not to something else.
    "They were overtaken by the general agricultural crisis too." could mean " ... as well by encroaching warfare and increased taxes."

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    Default Re: A question about "too"

    Thanks a lot!

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    Default Re: A question about "too"

    Esperanza, instead of sending your thanks in a separate message, just click the Like button, please.

    The reason is that it is flagged as a new post, so we think you might have a follow-up question or something to add. Those of us with slow internet connections and/or old computers have to waste valuable time waiting for it to appear.

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