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    The usage of "Also"

    Dear teachers,

    I still can't master the usage of "also"

    I happened to read the following three sentences with answers from a forum a few days ago by chance. According to what they said: "The meaning of a sentence can be different when the word "also" is written at different position." Though I have a book of Swan Practical English Usage with me (Printed on year 1997, Second edition 1995), non of the explanations from the book under the entries of (also) and ( also, as well as, too) looks similar to what the three sentences and answers described.

    I doubt the structure of the sentences and meanings are all correct. Especially sentence 3. I thought "also" cannot be placed at the end of a sentence. Could you kindly explain them in detail? And I want to know the difference between "is also" and "also is".

    Here are the three sentences with answers I copied from that forum:
    1. William is also concerned in this matter.
    = William is concerned in this matter as well as that one.

    2. William also is concerned in this matter.
    =William is concerned in this matter,just as somebody else is.

    3. William is concerned in this matter also.
    =This matter is the last of many that have been mentioned.


    Your explanation will be very much appreciated!


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    Re: The usage of "Also"

    The meaning of also in this 3 sentences is too but also can mean and.
    In the previous 3 sentences you can replace the also by too and you get the same meaning

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    Re: The usage of "Also"

    The word "too" cannot be used in as many places in a sentence as "also" can. At least, it doesn't necessarily mean the same thing as "too". For example, "William is too concerned with this matter" might be in response to a denial.





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    Re: The usage of "Also"

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    "William is too concerned with this matter" might be in response to a denial.
    Without the correct intonation, this means "William is overly concerned with this matter", as opposed to:
    "William is too! concerned with this matter".

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    Re: The usage of "Also"

    Quote Originally Posted by BlueRay View Post
    Here are the three sentences with answers I copied from that forum:
    1. William is also concerned in this matter.
    = William is concerned in this matter as well as that one.

    Yes, it could also mean (Also William) is concerned ... as in 2.
    2. William also is concerned in this matter.
    =William is concerned in this matter,just as somebody else is.

    Same comment as above.
    3. William is concerned in this matter also.
    =This matter is the last of many that have been mentioned.
    Yes, and it can also mean 1. and 2.
    In speech, the meaning of "also" is often signified by the intonation.
    1. William is also concerned in this matter.
    2. William also is concerned in this matter.
    3. William is concerned in this matter also.
    In writing, it's less obvious, since "also" can refer to what comes before it, after it, or something at the other end of the sentence from it. In some cases, you have to spell it out, as you have done in your explanations.
    That doesn't help with reading though.
    "William, also, is concerned in this matter" will mean 2.
    "Also, William is concerned in this matter" means something different altogether, eg. "Apart from other considerations, William is concerned in this matter".
    Sometimes you can only tell from the context.


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    Re: The usage of "Also"

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Without the correct intonation, this means "William is overly concerned with this matter", as opposed to:
    "William is too! concerned with this matter".
    Big Thanks!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    In speech, the meaning of "also" is often signified by the intonation.
    1. William is also concerned in this matter.
    2. William also is concerned in this matter.
    3. William is concerned in this matter also.
    In writing, it's less obvious, since "also" can refer to what comes before it, after it, or something at the other end of the sentence from it. In some cases, you have to spell it out, as you have done in your explanations.
    That doesn't help with reading though.
    "William, also, is concerned in this matter" will mean 2.
    "Also, William is concerned in this matter" means something different altogether, eg. "Apart from other considerations, William is concerned in this matter".
    Sometimes you can only tell from the context.
    Great explanation!
    Thank you very much!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueRay View Post
    Great explanation!
    Indeed!

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