Extracted from Oxford Dictionary: used to emphasize something, especially your anger, surprise or agreement with something

‘He did apologize eventually.’ ‘I should think so too!’

‘She gave me the money.’ ‘About time too!’

I am wondering what the bold parts, especially underlined ones, could mean.

Any feed-back would greatly be appreciated

  • But the dictionary tells you exactly what it means: it's an emphatic. What more do you need? Commented Mar 31, 2015 at 1:40

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If the dictionary's assessment that too simply emphasizes the statement, you could interpret it in the following way. Keep in mind that the end result is the same: too simply emphasizes the preceding statement!

There are plenty of things I can say to describe my feeling about the fact that she gave you the money: that she even thought about not giving it to you, or the that you had to ask for it, etc. On top of all that there is another thing, that it took her so long. By leaving out the other things I could say about it, I emphasize the part that I also want to mention. If I mention all of them, it could go like this:

She gave me the money.
Ridiculous you even had to ask for it! That she even considered not giving you the money! And also, it's about time she paid you!

Leaving out the other points, I emphasize my point about the delay, and I insinuate there are other things I could say about it:

About time, too!


"Too" in these sentences means "also". "I think so, too": Someone else said they think this, and I also think this.

Note "too" can also mean that something is over some limit. "It is too late": The time when you could have done this is now past. "That's too much salt": the amount of salt is more than is appropriate. Etc.

  • No, in the OP's sentences, the too is used for emphasis. If in “He did apologize. I should think so too!”, too means as well as in "I think so as well", then who is the other person thinking so?
    – oerkelens
    Commented Mar 31, 2015 at 8:22

In the second example, 'about time' is an expression that implies the money had been owed for longer than was reasonable; 'too' acts as an intensifier.

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