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    Question Use of comma with "too"

    Hi!
    Could you tell me,please, which of the following sentences is correct:
    1. Guess the names of the sports taking into account their defining elements.
    2,Guess the names of the sports, taking into account their defining elements.
    3.Guess the names of the sports by taking into account their defining elements.
    One more: is the use of comma correct in the following:
    4. Depending on the context, fish and cake may be countable, too.
    I read somewhere that there are times when too is not preceded by a comma.Can you, please, explain?
    5.Is "gurl" an informal term for "girl" in both British and American English?
    Thank you so much,
    Angela


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    Re: Use of comma with "too"

    Quote Originally Posted by tangelatm View Post
    Hi!
    Could you tell me,please, which of the following sentences is correct:
    1. Guess the names of the sports taking into account their defining elements.
    2,Guess the names of the sports, taking into account their defining elements.
    3.Guess the names of the sports by taking into account their defining elements.

    To me these are all ok.


    One more: is the use of comma correct in the following:
    4. Depending on the context, fish and cake may be countable, too.
    Yes ["too" here means "also"]

    I read somewhere that there are times when too is not preceded by a comma.Can you, please, explain?

    There is too much information for me to take on board.
    He is too old to go to sea
    They went to Portugal too.


    5.Is "gurl" an informal term for "girl" in both British and American English?
    Thank you so much,

    It is a misspelling and a colloquial form.

    Angela
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    Re: Use of comma with "too"

    Hi, Anglika!
    and thanks.
    But isn't "They went to Portugal too" the same as
    "They also went to Portugal."
    and therefore, one should add a comma before "too"?
    It might seem a minor point, but we, foreigners, can't "feel" these things.
    Looking forward to your response,
    Angela


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    Re: Use of comma with "too"

    It is one of those little things in English - yes, it does mean also, and no, you don't need to insert the comma before too in this context. It is used when there is a change in thought.

    You may find this useful: Chicago Style Q&A: Commas


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    Re: Use of comma with "too"

    Him again!
    And thank you - the article has made things quite clear to me...
    Could you,please, tell me which of the following would you choose when setting a task
    1.Complete the crossword with the correct comparative forms...
    2.Fill in the crossword with the correct...
    I do need to know which one you would choose.
    Thanks for your patience
    angela

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    Re: Use of comma with "too"

    Too many commas!


    Quote Originally Posted by tangelatm View Post
    Hi, Anglika!
    and thanks.
    But isn't "They went to Portugal too" the same as
    "They also went to Portugal."
    and therefore, one should add a comma before "too"?
    Why? (I never do.)


    Quote Originally Posted by tangelatm View Post
    It might seem a minor point, but we, foreigners, can't "feel" these things.
    It might seem a minor point, but we foreigners can't "feel" these things.

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    Re: Use of comma with "too"

    Too many commas!


    Quote Originally Posted by tangelatm View Post
    Could you,please, tell me which of the following would you choose when setting a task
    Would you please tell me which of the following you would choose when setting a task?
    Quote Originally Posted by tangelatm View Post
    1.Complete the crossword with the correct comparative forms...
    2.Fill in the crossword with the correct...
    I would choose 2. That is because I can only complete something if it has already been started.

    ~R

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