Interested in Language
It's me again
Months ago there was a thread about this topic, but I did not pay much attention
(It was not my thread.)
Please tell if I should put a comma before too.
Usually, I always do this!
Randomly generated conversations by me:
He: Great forums here!
Me: Yes, I like these forums, too.
He: That trick didn't solve my problem.
Me: It did not work for me, too.
He: I don't know anything about London since I've never been there.
Me: I have never been to London, too.
He: This makes no sense at all.
Me: I, too, think this makes no sense.
You can download our maps, too, if you want.
I don't like waiting for an sms, too.
Sometimes I use also or as well, but when I use too, I always use commas.
You need a comma before too here, don't you?Me: I, too, think this makes no sense.
***** NOT A TEACHER *****
(1) You have asked another great question.
(2) This is what I have discovered about its use in the United States:
(a) Maybe most experts say the comma is not necessary.
(b) Some experts say it's fine if you wish to EMPHASIZE the similarity.
(i) "I like these forums, too" is considered (by some people) as stronger than simply "I like these forums too." In other words, some experts think the pause of a comma makes a difference.
(3) Many years ago, everybody here in the States used a comma.
(4) Many experts say it is now a personal choice.
(5) Because I am a mature (old) man, I still use a comma. Not using a comma looks strange to me.
(6) I suspect that most American newspapers no longer use the comma.
Have a nice day.
Thank you for your question.
My expert was a writer who gave her opinion on the Web. Go to Google and type in "Comma before too." Then scroll until you find "Grammar Girl: When to Use a Comma with Too."
I personally agree with her. But some commenters on the website thought she was all wet.
Bottom line: Most books and teachers in the United States no longer require the comma. But some ( a few?) people continue to use a comma. And they have experts on their side, too.
TheParser was not saying that the Grammar Girl is a writing expert. She was sharing the opinion of Bonnie Trenga, the author of The Curious Case of the Misplaced Modifier, someone most people, I believe, would consider to be an authority on the principles of grammar. Of course, what she offers is still an opinion, as he indicates.