I was told to use a comma before "too" when it means "also," but doesn't everything mean "also" when saying "too"? Example:

Person A - "Do you want a cookie, person B?"

Person B - "Yes, thank you."

Person C - "I want one, too."

I've made many more examples in my head, and every time I end a sentence with the word "too," it always means "also." Does "too" always mean "also"?

| improve this question | | | | |
  • I'm guessing that they mean to exclude "too" = "excessively", as in "too hot". – Colin Fine Oct 25 '16 at 17:51
  • Person A: "I like cake." Person B: "I like it, too." Person A: "Do you?" Person B: "Unfortunately, I like it too much." No time to develop this. Maybe someone else? – Mick Oct 25 '16 at 18:00
  • It's also used (particularly, by children) as some kind of general-purpose "intensifier" in emphatic assertions: "I did that!", "No, you didn't!", "Did so too!" – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Oct 25 '16 at 18:02
  • Do you believe that I ate too much means I ate also much? – P. E. Dant Reinstate Monica Oct 25 '16 at 20:06

"Too" is a multi-purpose intensifier in English. It can be used to add emphasis to an adjective or adverb: "too fast", "too slow", "too hot", "too cold", etc. In this way it is used similarly to very ("very fast", "very hot) but with a different nuance. "Too" implies something is "more than" -- more than expected, more than is possible, more than is tolerable, etc.

We spend too much money.

It's too sweet for me.

They move too quickly for the human eye to follow.

Superman is too strong to defeat with mere bullets.

In your example, "too" is used to emphasize inclusion. As you say, it works like "also".

She wants to go too.

The boy said he too would like some ice cream.

They normally raise just cattle, but this year they're raising sheep, too.

The comma before "too" is optional.

| improve this answer | | | | |

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.