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    Smile so too does

    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!
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    Re: so too does

    Quote Originally Posted by yuriya View Post
    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) As your speed increases, so too does your mass. "As" is much better than "While".

    I feel that "too" can't be dropped in sentence 3) and sentence 4) but wonder what makes the difference? "too" can be dropped and usually is.
    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!
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    Re: so too does

    The "too" can be dropped in 3 and 4. It's there for emphasis.

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    Smile Re: so too does

    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. (?)

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    Re: so too does

    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.

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