We’re very happy to give you an understanding of the adverbs “as well,” and “too.” And we’re also delighted to tell you something about “also,” too. Ok, you might already guess where this is going, so let’s get started, shall we?
All three adverbs (also, as well, too) mean “in addition.” The most significant difference between them, however, is their position within a sentence. “Also” is commonly used in writing, but far less in speaking.
There are two options on where to position “also” in a sentence: right at the beginning or in the usual mid position for adverbs.
- The dog wants to go for a walk. Also, make sure to feed him before you leave.
- She was an annoying person. Also, she constantly interrupted you when you spoke.
- Your girlfriend went to the hairdresser for a new haircut. Also, it wouldn’t hurt you to get one, too.
- I have a brother and also a sister.
- Apples are tasty and also healthy.
- You should also consider another college, just in case.
Opposed to the adverb “also,” “as well” is more common in speaking than writing. The usual place for “as well” is at the far end of a sentence.
- I’ll have a steak with french fries, please. And a diet coke as well.
- Before I went to bed, I enjoyed a hot cup of cocoa and had a lovely bubble bath as well.
- The remote-working employees participated in the meeting as well.
In general, “too” comes (just like “as well”) at the end of a sentence.
- John will join us after school and Mary is coming too.
- She isn’t only a pretty face but is remarkably smart and a very likable person too.
- I’m not just exhausted, but I’m starving too.
“Too” is also exceptionally common in responses to fixed expressions, like good wishes.
- Have a great day! – Thanks! You too!
- I still need to do my homework. – Yeah, me too.
If you want to refer directly to a person in a direct speech (especially in formal situations), you place “too” right after the subject. But don’t forget the commas.
- Peter, too, wanted to help us.
- You, too, have to come to the party later!
- Me, too, should be able to relax from time to time.