Uses of "Too" and "Also"

Hello Teachers,

I have a problem with the uses of “Also” & “TOO”.

A) How do they differ in meaning?

B) Where should I put them in a sentence when I use them to mean “in addition to someone/something else”?

C) What difference does it make if I use these words before & after verb?

Please help me
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Teachers are on holidays :slight_smile:
Let me introduce something that I found in my Practical English Usage (Swan) book:
Also, as well and too have similar meanings, but they do not go in the same position in clauses. Also usually goes with the verb, in ‘mod-position’, as well and too usually go at the end of a clause. As well is less common in American English.
She not only sings; she also plays the piano.
She not only sings; she plays the piano as well.
She not only sings; she plays the piano too.

As well and too are used in imperatives and ‘short answers’, but not usually also.
Give me some bread as well, please. ‘She is nice’ ‘Her sister is as well.’ ‘I’ve got a headache.’ ‘Me too.’

Hi Inga,

Thank you very much for your reply,But I still have some doubts.

  1. If I want to say he plays piano & she too,how should I say it using also?

  2. she also plays the piano.vs she plays the piano also.What is the difference in meaning?

Please help.

Only the former is possible: she also plays the piano or she plays the piano as well.

He plays the piano. She also. (not common, I think) Chris came from England. Martin also.
He plays the piano. She plays (does) too.
I, too, have experienced despair.
Our vacation was a disaster: not only was the food terrible, the weather was awful as well.
And in informal speech you can use Me too as a short answer, or more formal equivalents So am (do) I, I am too.
Or just find some more examples (in your dictionary) and analyse them. :slight_smile:

Or just ask other teachers. There are plenty of them here. :slight_smile:

Hi Inga,

Thank you very much for your reply,I request you to please help me once again.

If I want to say “She plays piano in addition to Guitar” how would I say it?
“She plays piano also” or “she plays piano too”

Please help.

Hi Crazy

Often it will be only the broader context that tells you exactly what those words refer to.

  • Jim plays the guitar. Ben plays the guitar too. (Both play the guitar.)

  • Jim plays the guitar. Ben does too./So does Ben. (Both play the guitar.)

  • Jim plays the guitar. Ben also plays the piano. -OR- Ben plays the piano too/as well. (This suggests that Jim does not play the piano, but Ben plays both the guitar and the piano.)

  • Jim plays the guitar. He plays the piano too/as well. -OR- He also plays the piano. (Jim plays both instruments.)
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And don’t forget to put the before instruments :slight_smile: .

Hi Yankee & Igna,

Thank you very much for replying.It is a great help to me.