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    I was wondering if someone could please help me by defining the proper usage of commas when placed before and after 'too'.

    Are the examples below correct? If so, why? It's damn difficult to find the 'rules' on this whole 'too' issue, I find.

    1)
    BOY #1: I like apples.
    BOY #2: I like apples, too.

    2)
    BOY #1: The concert was great last night. We had a great time.
    BOY #2: Really? I would've come along, too, but I had to stay in to take care of my parrot.

    Any feedback will be greatly appreciated.

    Also, is the comma usage with 'too' the same as with 'anyway' and 'also' ?

    Quick example:

    1)
    GIRL #1: Brad and Jen have split up.
    GIRL #2: I'm not bothered -- I didn't like them, anyway.

    Comma? No comma?


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    Re: Commas with 'too'

    G'day TommyT,
    Quote Originally Posted by TommyT View Post
    I was wondering if someone could please help me by defining the proper usage of commas when placed before and after 'too'.
    There are few hard and fast rules in English.
    I do not know of any rules that are not flouted on a regular basis by virtually all English users.

    Quote Originally Posted by TommyT View Post
    Are the examples below correct? If so, why? It's damn difficult to find the 'rules' on this whole 'too' issue, I find.
    See above.
    I can give you specific answers but general responses on such a topic are virtually impossible.
    English is not structured like most languages.
    English is a very young language and is still very much in the evolution state.
    This is compounded by the fact that English steals words and phrases from every language it contacts and cares not a jot if this brings in a punctuation problem.

    Quote Originally Posted by TommyT View Post
    1)
    BOY #1: I like apples.
    BOY #2: I like apples, too.
    No comma. The statement is a complete statement and would not make sense as a response if the too were ommitted ergo no comma.

    Quote Originally Posted by TommyT View Post
    2)
    BOY #1: The concert was great last night. We had a great time.
    BOY #2: Really? I would've come along, too, but I had to stay in to take care of my parrot.
    No comma before or after.
    The too is really surperfluous in this sentence and adds nothing.

    Quote Originally Posted by TommyT View Post
    Any feedback will be greatly appreciated.

    Also, is the comma usage with 'too' the same as with 'anyway' and 'also' ?
    No. The rules of the use of commas vary from case to case.
    This irritates me so much that I construct sentences so as to absolutely minimise my use of commas.
    I consider a sentence with more than one comma to be inelegent. A sentence containing three or four commas is becoming unintelligible.

    Quote Originally Posted by TommyT View Post
    Quick example:

    1)
    GIRL #1: Brad and Jen have split up.
    GIRL #2: I'm not bothered -- I didn't like them, anyway.

    Comma? No comma?
    No comma.

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    Re: Commas with 'too'

    I agree with .,,, but I would use a comma with all three words if they were at the beginning of the sentence.

    "It will be late when you get back. Also, you have to remember that the trains stop running at midnight."

    "Anyway, it's better if we stay home, because the cat might throw up again."

    "Too, he had forgotten that he'd driven the Fiat that morning. Impossible to fit a dead body into its trunk."


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    I agree completely but you are now comparing apples and oranges.
    The sentence construction is different as is the punctuation requirement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by .,, View Post
    No. The rules of the use of commas vary from case to case.
    This irritates me so much that I construct sentences so as to absolutely minimise my use of commas.
    I consider a sentence with more than one comma to be inelegent. A sentence containing three or four commas is becoming unintelligible.

    No comma.

    .,,
    I've been cooperating with guys from the UK, the US, Canada and Australia, and I noticed, and this case confirms my observations, that Australians don't indeed like using commas. I'm not saying it's good or bad as I'm not competent to say it - it's just my observation.

    But in my eyes sentences with more than one commas are not at all inelegant. Just take any prose fiction. It can be some classic or something more informal - commas add something to a sentence. Maybe even this is the most expressive punctuation mark, if of course used sensibly and with good feeling of the language and of how one can transfer one's thoughts into written words. Applying the rule of avoiding commas, so much expression would be lost from written texts. Of course I am writing here about prose fiction but not about academic writing or something like that, about which .,, probably wrote.

    But again, I am writing this as an incompetent non-native English speaker...

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    As a very competent non-native English speaker

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    As a very competent non-native English speaker
    thank you...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    As a very competent non-native English speaker
    Anglika, god job!!!

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