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    #1

    too/either

    I thought I have heard people say sentences like:

    She, too, can never imagine living abroad.

    Is it an acceptable usage of too in casual speech? Or should I use the form:

    She can never imagine living abroad either?

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    #2

    Re: too/either

    They both work.

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    #3

    Re: too/either

    The suggestion in the first sentence, using the word "too", is that someone else has already said that they can't imagine living abroad.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: too/either

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    The suggestion in the first sentence, using the word "too", is that someone else has already said that they can't imagine living abroad.
    That was the exact context, but the teacher who I asked said that the first sentence was incorrect and only the latter can be used. She is Polish though, so I was not sure if she was right because her explanation did not really hold together.

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    #5

    Re: too/either

    Jane: I can't imagine living in Australia.
    John: Nor can I.

    Jane cannot imagine living in Australia. John, too, cannot imagine living in Australia.

    Perhaps your teacher was thinking about the fact that we normallly use "too" and "also" with positives and "either" with negatives. However, that is not an infallible rule.

    You need to bear in mind that in the two examples you gave in post #1, the first was a statement and the second was a question. The question was, however, incorrectly constructed.

    She can't imagine living abroad.
    She can't imagine living abroad either.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: too/either

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Jane: I can't imagine living in Australia.
    John: Nor can I.

    Jane cannot imagine living in Australia. John, too, cannot imagine living in Australia.

    Perhaps your teacher was thinking about the fact that we normallly use "too" and "also" with positives and "either" with negatives. However, that is not an infallible rule.

    You need to bear in mind that in the two examples you gave in post #1, the first was a statement and the second was a question. The question was, however, incorrectly constructed.

    She can't imagine living abroad.
    She can't imagine living abroad either.
    Thank you for making it clear to me. I was aware of the "either" in the negative distinction, however, it did not seen to apply in this particular case, hence my confusion with the teacher's reaction.

    I meant the question mark to go after the whole question:
    Or should I use the form She can't imagine living abroad either?

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    #7

    Re: too/either

    Quote Originally Posted by aggiesteph View Post
    Thank you for making it clear to me. I was aware of the "either" in the negative distinction, however, it did not seen to apply in this particular case, hence my confusion with the teacher's reaction.

    I meant the question mark to go after the whole question:
    Or should I use the form She can't imagine living abroad either?
    The sentence in bold would be in response to something similar by or about somebody else. Example:

    Ron: I can't imagine living abroad.
    Ed: I can't imagine living abroad either.

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