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    The use of 'too', 'also', 'as well'.

    Respected teachers, if you could kindly explain the proper use of these words with example please.

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    Re: The use of 'too', 'also', 'as well'.

    Michael Swan has six sections on this, so it's rather too much to attempt in one post. Try posting a couple of sentences with the words you think are appropriate, and we'll comment on them.

    Or read pages 37 and 38 in: Swan, Michael (1980) Practical English Usage (3rd ed, 2005), Oxford: OUP
    Last edited by 5jj; 30-Dec-2011 at 18:25. Reason: typo

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    Re: The use of 'too', 'also', 'as well'.

    Thanks a lot for the reply, sir 5jj.

    Right, So here are the examples of sentences I've trouble with.

    1- I too/also got through the exam.
    2- I too/also want to join in the discussion.
    3- He went to the museum. He went to the bazaar too/also.

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    Re: The use of 'too', 'also', 'as well'.

    Quote Originally Posted by aachu View Post
    Thanks a lot for the reply, sir 5jj.

    Right, So here are the examples of sentences I've trouble with.

    1- I too/also got through the exam.
    2- I too/also want to join in the discussion.
    3- He went to the museum. He went to the bazaar too/also.
    You could use either. I would use "too" in #3.

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    Re: The use of 'too', 'also', 'as well'.

    Thank you sir Bhaisahib. Sir do you know Hindi? If yes, then could you tell if I translated the following sentences correctly into English..

    1- Main bhi india jaa raha hu.
    2- Main india bhi jaa raha hu.

    1- I'm also/too going to India.
    2-I'm going to India as well/too/also.

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    Re: The use of 'too', 'also', 'as well'.

    Quote Originally Posted by aachu View Post
    2- I too/also want to join in the discussion.
    My personal view on sentence #2:

    a. (Peter wants to join in the discussion.). I, too, want to join in the discussion.
    b. (Peter wants to join in the discussion.). I, also, want to join in the discussion.
    c. (I want to attend the meeting.) I want to join in the discussion (,?) too.
    d. (I want to attend the meeting.) I also want to join in the discussion.
    e. (Peter wants to join in the discussion.). I want to join in the discussion as well.
    f. (I want to attend the meeting.) I want to join in the discussion as well.

    As you see, there is potential ambiguity, particularly with e and f. We can resolve this in speech with pauses and word stress. In writing, it is more difficult. Many British people are a little haphazard in the way they use commas, and I can't see how commas can resolve the problem in e and f.

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    Re: The use of 'too', 'also', 'as well'.

    Quote Originally Posted by aachu View Post
    Thank you sir Bhaisahib. Sir do you know Hindi? If yes, then could you tell if I translated the following sentences correctly into English..

    1- Main bhi india jaa raha hu.
    2- Main india bhi jaa raha hu.

    1- I'm also/too going to India.
    2-I'm going to India as well/too/also.
    I know a little Hindi (tora tora), but I am rapidly losing it. I spent three years in India (Rajasthan) but I left 9 years ago and I last visited 4 years ago. I took Hindi classes while I was there and was able to get by with people who had no, or very little, English. However all my friends and colleagues spoke (Indian) English. Your translation looks OK to me, I think as well/too/also are equally good in that case.

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