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    #1

    "So do I." or "Neither do I" ?

    A: I often go to concerts these days.
    B: So do I.

    How B replied is obviously correct.
    Then, if A says, "I rarely go to concerts these days," how should B reply?

    B1: So do I.
    B2: Neither do I.

    I think B1 is correct because, even though "I rarely go" has a negative sense, that sentence have a positive construction. Correct?

    A: I hardly understand what he says.
    B1: So do I.
    B2: Neither do I.

    B1 is also OK?

    A: I have only little money with me.
    B: So do I.

    Also correct?

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    Re: "So do I." or "Neither do I" ?

    Quote Originally Posted by KEN JPN View Post
    if A says, "I rarely go to concerts these days," how should B reply?

    B1: So do I......B2: Neither do I.

    I think B1 is correct because, even though "I rarely go" has a negative sense, that sentence have a positive construction. Correct?

    A: I hardly understand what he says.
    B1: So do I. .....B2: Neither do I.

    B1 is also OK?
    No. The negative sense of rarely and hardly means that the B2 answers are the natural ones.
    A: I have only little money with me.
    B: So do I.

    Also correct?
    That's difficult to answer, because A's statement is rather unnatural. A would probably say 'I haven't got much money with me'. However, if we take the slightly more natural, 'I have very little money with me' the response is 'Neither have I'

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    #3

    Re: "So do I." or "Neither do I" ?

    I agree with 5jj's answer, but just want to add for the benefit of ESL students that native speakers are just as likely to respond 'Me, too' or 'Me, neither'.

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    Re: "So do I." or "Neither do I" ?

    Thank you for your very interesting replies.
    Then which is correct in the following dialogues?

    A: I understood his speech only partly.
    B: (So/Neither) did I.

    A: Do you have any money with you?
    B: (Yes/No). I have just a little.

    A: Do you have some money with you?
    B: (Yes/No). I have just a little.

    A: Have you ever watched Japanese anime?
    B: (Yes but only rarely./ No, I rarely have.)

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    Re: "So do I." or "Neither do I" ?

    Tell us what you think first.

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    Re: "So do I." or "Neither do I" ?

    A: I understood his speech only partly.
    B: (So/Neither) did I.


    I feel like saying,
    So did I. (I understood his speech only partly, too)
    However, according to the previous advice, "only partly" seems to have a negative meaning, so I still wonder.

    A: Do you have any money with you?
    B: (Yes/No). I have just a little.


    I would say,
    "Yes" because I do have money even just a little, being asked if I had ANY amount of money even just a little bit.

    A: Do you have some money with you?
    B: (Yes/No). I have just a little.


    Here, I think I should say, No.
    Because A asked me if I had SOME, considerably much or enough for some purpose, money, but I think the money I have is obviously too little.


    A: Have you ever watched Japanese anime?
    B: (Yes but only rarely./ No, I rarely have.)


    I really wonder which I should say.
    Yes would be correct because I have watched Japanese anime, even though only rarely. If I said NO, it would mean I NEVER have.

    Is my understanding correct?

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    Re: "So do I." or "Neither do I" ?

    Quote Originally Posted by KEN JPN View Post
    A: I understood his speech only partly.
    B: (So/Neither) did I.


    I feel like saying,
    So did I. (I understood his speech only partly, too)
    However, according to the previous advice, "only partly" seems to have a negative meaning, so I still wonder. "So did I" is correct.

    A: Do you have any money with you?
    B: (Yes/No). I have just a little.


    I would say,
    "Yes" because I do have money even just a little, being asked if I had ANY amount of money even just a little bit. "Yes" is correct.

    A: Do you have some money with you?
    B: (Yes/No). I have just a little.


    Here, I think I should say, No.
    Because A asked me if I had SOME, considerably much or enough for some purpose, money, but I think the money I have is obviously too little. "Yes" is correct.


    A: Have you ever watched Japanese anime?
    B: (Yes but only rarely./ No, I rarely have.)


    I really wonder which I should say.
    Yes would be correct because I have watched Japanese anime, even though only rarely. If I said NO, it would mean I NEVER have.
    "Yes, but only rarely" is correct.
    Is my understanding correct?
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    Re: "So do I." or "Neither do I" ?

    Well, it still seems a bit tricky.

    A: Do you have some money with you?
    B: (Yes). I have just
    a little.

    If YES is correct here, No is correct below?

    A: Do you have some money with you?
    B: (No). I have got
    just little.

    If Neither is correct in the case below, "little" without "a" should be regarded as a negative word?
    A: I've got jut little money.
    B: Neither have I/Neither do I.


    I still wonder why B should say Neither, even though he DOES have money even though the amount is 'just/very little'.

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    #9

    Re: "So do I." or "Neither do I" ?

    If you have some, you have more than zero. Therefore any amount, no matter how little, is some.

    As 5jj said, your sample sentence is highly unnatural. If you said "I've got just a little money" the response to agree is "So do I" or "Me too."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: "So do I." or "Neither do I" ?

    I wonder why "I have only little money with me" sounds highly unnatural.
    There is only little water in the jar.---- Isn't this OK? I don't find any difference.

    A: I know little about science.
    B: (Neither) do I.

    A: I know a little about science.
    B: (So) do I.

    Still confused.

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