[Grammar] Also Vs As Well Vs Too

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We will tell the differences among three words this time. Also, as well and too are adverbs and mean in addition.

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1. Also

Also is commonly used in writing but is less common in speaking. Also occupies different positions in a sentence. We use also in front position to emphasise what follows or to add a new point or topic

It’s very humid. Also, you can easily get sunburnt.

On the telephone:

OK, I’ll phone you next week and we can discuss it then. Also, we need to decide who will be going to Singapore.

We use also in the normal mid position for adverbs, between the subject and main verb, or after the modal verb or first auxiliary verb, or after ‘be’ as a main verb. In this position, the meaning of also usually connects back to the whole clause that comes before:

She works very hard but she also goes to the gym every week.

In end position, also normally connects two phrases. We use as well & too instead of also, in end position, especially in speech:

She contacted him in the office but he didn’t answer the phone. His mobile phone was silent also. (or His mobile phone was silent too. or … was silent as well.)

2. As well

As well is much more common in speaking than in writing, and is more common in speaking than also. As well almost always comes in end position:

For example, in a restaurant. Customer (A) is ordering from a waiter (B)

A: I’ll have steak please.

B:Yes.

A: And I’ll have the mixed vegetables as well.

3. Too

We usually put too in end position.

Gill’s having chicken. I’ll probably have chicken too.

Too can occur immediately after the subject, if it refers directly to the subject. It does not normally occur after a modal or auxiliary verb. We sometimes write commas before and after too:

We, too, have been very pleased to receive the prize on her behalf.

Not: We have too been very pleased …

Too is especially common in responses to fixed expressions such as giving good wishes, and in responses consisting of a single object pronoun:

A:I need to go to the gym.

B:Yeah, me too. (preferred to Yeah, me also. or Yeah, me as well.)

In imperative clauses, as well and too are normally preferred to also:

Give me a book of ten first and a book of ten second as well then please. (preferred to … and a book of ten second also then please.)


Have you already known the difference between them? Don’t worry, we prepare a quiz for you👇it is time to show yourself!

PRACTICE

Results

#1. She looks really tired and she must be really hungry ___.

#2. I have been working this week, but I have ___ been reading a lot.

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