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Hi, everyone! I've been told that "so" means "too" in the following:
1) I like him. So do I. (=Me too)
2) I like him and so does she.
I've noticed, however, that "too" sometimes follows "so" as in the following:
3) As systems increase in size, so too does the bureaucracy.
4) While your speed increases, so too does your mass.
I feel that "too" can't be dropped in sentence 3) and sentence 4) but wonder what makes the difference? It seems to me, though, that transitive/intransitive thing has something to do with it (like him vs increase), but I'm not sure. What say you? Thanks in advance!
Feel free to correct my sentences. I welcome them, not resent them!
The "too" can be dropped in 3 and 4. It's there for emphasis.
Thanks for your insight. If it is a matter of style or emphasis, is it also possible to add "too" in sentence 1) and 2)? I've never come across so too before a pronoun. Is the pronoun a factor there?
1) I like him. So too do I. (?)
2) I like him and so too does she. (?)
Adding "too" to sentences 1 or 2 would not be natural. I'm not sure quite why, but something about the formulation in 3 & 4 (as this... so too that) lends itself to the "too" that doesn't work in other formulations.