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    Using " also" at the end of a sentence

    Hello..

    Is it formal to use " also" at the end of a sentence

    I thought that there is a difference between

    I also like Egypt
    Means that "you like Egypt and I like Egypt as well"

    But

    I like Egypt also

    means that I like A country and I like Egypt as well

    Is that right ? And Is that formal ??

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    Re: Using " also" at the end of a sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by ackeiyword View Post
    Hello..

    Is it formal to use " also" at the end of a sentence
    No, it's not considered formal usage. As an adverb, 'also' is best placed before its verb here:


    • I also like Egypt.
      • meaning: Egypt, too.
        • Cf. I, too, like Egypt.
        • Notice the commas. They tell us that 'too' modifies the word that precedes it, 'I'.





    There is a difference in meaning here:


    1. I, too, like Egypt. <I, too>
    2. I like Egypt, too. <Egypt, too>


    In 1., 'too' modifies the word that precedes it ('I'), giving one meaning and, by analogy 'too' modifies the word that precedes it in 2. ('Egypt'), giving a second meaning.

    (Note that, some writers place a comma before 'too' to limit the scope of its modification to the preceding word only; however, such practice is problematic as the comma could just as well be interpreted as marking off a sentence adverb; e.g., me too; me, too.)

    In short, if 'also' is being used as a synonym for ',too', then the following meanings work:


    • I like Egypt also. / Egypt, too.
    • I also like Egypt. / I, too.

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