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Also, as well and too

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Also means 'besides', 'as well', 'too' and similar ideas. It normally goes in mid position with the verb. It is placed after auxiliary verbs and before other verbs.

  • He got his article published. He also won an award.
  • She is a doctor. Her husband is also a doctor.
  • When they withdraw their forces, we shall also withdraw ours.

When also refers to the whole clause, it goes at the beginning.

  • I am not about to buy this house. It is small. Also, it needs a lot of repairs.

Also, As well and Too

Also, as well and too have similar meanings. But they go in different positions in clauses.

As well and too usually go at the end of a clause.

  • She not only sings; she also plays the piano.
  • She not only sings; she plays the piano as well.
  • She not only sings; she plays the piano too.

We do not normally use also in short answers and imperatives. Instead we use as well and too.

  • 'I have a headache.' 'I have too.' (BUT NOT I also have.)

In an informal style we use 'me too', instead of I am too.

  • 'I am going home.' 'Me too.' (More natural than 'I am too.')

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