He's very good with children and no slouch around the house either/too

Which option either or too is grammatically correct here?

  • would anybody use neither here instead?
    – GJC
    Jun 23, 2021 at 9:01

1 Answer 1


You're looking for a word to modify or qualify the phrase "is no slouch". "No slouch" is an idiomatic negation that means "not lazy or incompetent". It describes the absence of a particular quality.

Generally, we don't use too to describe negations. Too indicates something added or extra, not the absence of something.

You should use either.



1: LIKEWISE, MOREOVER —used for emphasis after a negative

// not smart or handsome either

2: for that matter —used for emphasis after an alternative following a question or conditional clause especially where negation is implied

// who answers for the Irish parliament? or army either? — Robert Browning

(Source: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/either)

On the other hand, if we rephrased the sentence to remove the negation, then too would be the correct choice.

He's very good with children, and works hard around the house too.

  • who answers for the Irish parliament? or army either? Is any negation implied here?
    – GJC
    Jun 23, 2021 at 8:40

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