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I have a doubt about the use of also. For example, let us suppose that a document needs to be signed by two persons: one person has already signed; the other one hasn't did it yet. So is it correct to use "also" in the following sentence

"I am waiting for it, so that Mary can also sign it" ?

or it could be preferable to use another conjunctions to explain these condition/situation?

Thank you for helping me

  • That usage is fine. You could also say "... so that Mary can sign it also" or ".. so that Mary can sign it too." – Robusto Nov 25 '16 at 22:20
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The two adverbs also and too, both meaning in addition to are interchangeable in many sentences but too is preferable here.

To write: "...so that Mary too can sign it." makes is clear that somebody else has signed the document and that it now awaits Mary's signature.

If you use also, the sentence could be construed to mean that Mary had already read the document but she had now to sign it as well. This presumably is not what you intend.

Note that your question is badly phrased. It should read: "....the other one hasn't DONE it yet." And the word conjunctions should be singular.

  • Thank you, Ronald. If I use a passive form (for example: "the forms need to be signed and approved by Mary and John"), where should I put the conjunction "also/too", in order to make clear that somebody else has signed the forms, but Mary and John have not yet? – a.rimbaud Nov 27 '16 at 15:27
  • @a.rimbaud You could insert also/too before Mary or after John. – Ronald Sole Nov 27 '16 at 16:03

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