Differences Between ALSO, AS WELL, and TOO

Updated: Jan 10

Also, as well, and too are all useful when we want to add more information to a sentence. However, there are some differences between these words, like placement, that we need to be aware of. Let's take a look at what some of those differences are!


Also

We use also in both writing and speaking.

We can use also at the beginning of a sentence for emphasis.


Ex. We need to buy dinner. Also, we don't have any food at home.


We can use also in the mid position for adverbs, between the subject and main verb.

Ex. He plays football but he also plays hockey on the weekends.

We can use also after the modal verb or first auxiliary verb, or after be as a main verb.


Ex. I've been studying English this week, and I've also been practicing the violin.

We can use also in the end position to connect two phrases, but this is not that common in speech.


Ex. He didn't seem that excited. He looked tired also.


As well

As well is more common in speaking than in writing and commonly comes in the end position.


Ex. I heard that he's coming to the party. Yes, I heard that as well.


Too

Too is very common in speech and is usually found in the end position.

Ex. I'm starving! You look pretty hungry too.

Too does not normally come after a modal or auxiliary verb, but can come after the subject when referring directly to the subject.

Ex. She too thought the man was strange.

It's important to remember that too is common in responses to fixed expressions, and in responses with a single object pronoun.

Ex. Have a great day! You too!

Ex. I'm exhausted.

Yeah, me too!



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