Also – Too – Either – So – Neither – As Well
Okay! A lot of choices for adverbs that mean “in addition”.
Let’s analyse them:
First, let’s look at the positive adverbs: Also, too and as well
An example of a sentence using also would be:
- I went to the park and I also went to the bank.
The use of also is most common in writing as opposed to speech. In speech you would probably choose as well or too.
Also can be used to begin a sentence.
- I went to the park. Also, I went to the bank.
It helps you to continue your idea in a different sentence.
The final way that you might see also is at the end of a sentence to connect two phrases. This is generally used in American English as opposed to British English. It’s more common for British English to use as well or too at the end of a sentence.
- I went to the park and I went to the bank also.
Too is usually restricted to the end of a sentence, as in the following example:
- I want some banana ice cream but I want some chocolate ice cream too!
However, there are instances where too can be used directly after the subject of the sentence:
- I too was shocked when he got his hole-in-one!
As well is most commonly used in speech and usually at the end of a clause:
- I wanted chocolate and she wanted chocolate as well!
You can use as well as at the beginning of a sentence. This is generally used in writing.
- As well as buying the groceries, she also had to go to the vets and the doctors!
The words in our list that are used to express something negatively are either and neither.
These are both used to make a distinction between a list or a group of different things.
- I don’t want to go to the cinema and I don’t want to go to a restaurant either! I just want to stay home.
Adding either in the above sentence stresses you idea more strongly.
Then with neither:
- I want neither eggs nor ham. I only eat vegetables.
Then apart from these words we have so.
So can be used in a variety of ways but we will focus on its use as an adverb like the other adverbs we have already looked at.
So as an adverb can be used to express something to a great extent.
- Usain Bolt is so fast! (something to a great extent)
- I found them so annoying! They wouldn’t shut up!
Try to practice throwing these adverbs into your speech to sound more natural. It takes time to get them right so don’t worry!
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