[Grammar] How To Use ‘Too’ ‘Either’ & ‘Neither’ To Express Opinion?

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When someone expresses a statement, we can simply use phrases like “me neither”, “neither do I”, “me too” etc. to indicate that the same or similar situation applies to another person. But you may be confused by words “too”, “either” and “neither”. You maybe agree with an idea that you don’t share or disagree when in fact you hold the same view.  In this post, I will show you the difference between “too”, “either” and “neither” to help you get your opinion across more easily.

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1. Positive Sentence & Negative Sentence

Before we begin, let’s clarify what is a positive sentence and a negative sentence. A positive sentence(PS) tells you that something is so.

A sentence that tells you something is not so is called a negative sentence(NS). It contains a negative word like “not”, “never”, “no”, “no one”, “nobody”, “none”, or a negative verb like “isn’t” or “can’t” or “won’t”. Here are some examples:

PS: He is running.

NS: He is not running.

PS: The fridge is empty.

NS: There is nothing in the fridge.

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2. Using ‘Too’ in Positive Statements

We can use “too” to add a comment of an agreement after someone makes a positive statement.

  1. A: I am happy.

B: I am happy too. = Me too.

2. A: I would like a desk.

B: I would too! = Me too!

3. A: I love strawberry ice cream.

B: I love strawberry too. = Me too!

Note: When the verb is negative, you cannot use “too.” Remember that we are talking about the verb and NOT the meaning of the message.

For example, “I hate carrots.” has a negative meaning, but the verb hate is not in a negative form. If you also hate carrots, you have to say “Me too!” since the previous sentence does not have “NOT” in it.

3. Using ‘Neither’ or ‘Either’  in Negative Statements

‘Neither’ and ‘Either’ can be used to agree with negative statements. But there are some differences between them.

  • The word “either” is used with a negative verb (e.g. have NOT). ‘Either’ goes at the end of a sentence that has a negative verb.
  • The word “neither” is used with a positive verb (e.g. have). ‘Neither’ goes at the beginning of a sentence before a positive verb.
  1. A: My mother can’t drive a car.

B: My mother can’t (drive) either. = Neither can my mom.

2. A: I haven’t seen Peter today.

B: I haven’t (seen him) either. = Neither have I.

3. A: I am not hungry.

B:  I’m not hungry either. = Neither am I.


Practice:

1. My cousin loves to hear stories, and I do_____

A. too           B. either         C. neither

2. She doesn’t watch much television, and I don’t______

A. too           B. either         C. neither

3. I wouldn’t recommend that restaurant.
______ would I.

A. Too           B. Either         C. Neither

 

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