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    Default Also vs. too

    Hi!

    Susan likes jewelry.

    1. Jackie likes jewelry too.
    2. Jackie also likes jewelry.


    My question is whether 1. or 2. indicates best that it's not only Susan who likes it but also Jackie does.


    James is devoted to cars.

    1. Tom's also devoted to choppers.
    2. Tom's devoted to choppers too.


    The question is which sentence indicates best that Tom not only likes cars but also choppers.

    Native speakers' (preferably AE but BE is also welcome) help is greatly appreciated.

    Thank you!

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    Default Re: Also vs. too

    Quote Originally Posted by retro View Post
    Hi!

    Susan likes jewelry.

    1. Jackie likes jewelry too.
    2. Jackie also likes jewelry.

    My question is whether 1. or 2. indicates best that it's not only Susan who likes it but also Jackie does.


    James is devoted to cars.

    1. Tom's also devoted to choppers.
    2. Tom's devoted to choppers too.

    The question is which sentence indicates best that Tom not only likes cars but also choppers.

    Native speakers' (preferably AE but BE is also welcome) help is greatly appreciated.

    Thank you!
    #1. They have the same meaning.

    #2. I don't care for either response, but #1 is clearer.

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    Default Re: Also vs. too

    I'd use:
    So does Jackie.
    Jackie does too.

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    Default Re: Also vs. too

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I'd use:
    So does Jackie.
    Jackie does too.
    Can I use?
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    Jackie also does.

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    Default Re: Also vs. too

    Quote Originally Posted by dihen View Post
    Can I use?
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    Jackie also does.
    For me, "Jackie does also" would be more idiomatic.

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    Default Re: Also vs. too

    Hi again!

    The following is an excerpt from a book:

    Nevertheless, many of these too were able to secure land and set up homesteads, either in the colonies in which they had originally settled or in neighboring ones.

    My question is can "too" be replaced by also?

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    Default Re: Also vs. too

    Quote Originally Posted by retro View Post
    Hi again!

    The following is an excerpt from a book:

    Nevertheless, many of these too were able to secure land and set up homesteads, either in the colonies in which they had originally settled or in neighboring ones.

    My question is can "too" be replaced by also?
    Yes, as far as the function is concerned. As to the position, I'd prefer 'many of these were also able'.

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    Default Re: Also vs. too

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Yes, as far as the function is concerned. As to the position, I'd prefer 'many of these were also able'.

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    Bob!

    Would "many of these also were able" also be correct?

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    Default Re: Also vs. too

    Quote Originally Posted by retro View Post
    Bob!

    Would "many of these also were able" also be correct?
    That sounds pretty odd to me.

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    Default Re: Also vs. too

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    That sounds pretty odd to me.

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    I wonder whether your point is that the main verb must come first and then "also" because in many cases "also" is followed by the main verb.

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