Also, as well and too can be confusing.
The other day I received a WhatsApp from someone and they replied to a message saying : I´ve been busy also.
To me that doesn’t sound very natural. It would sound better to say: I’ve been busy too or I´ve been busy as well.
I can understand how people find it confusing, so here´s how to use also, as well and too:
They are all adverbs and add additional information. The only difference is where they are put in a sentence.
As well and too
As well and too are used at the end of a sentence:
- I love Game of Thrones too!
- I’m going to the movies as well.
- I´m tired as well.
- I´m tired too.
As well is slightly more elegant than too. It is also much more commonly used in speaking than in writing.
Also is normally used before the verb, here´s some examples:
- The hotel also provides umbrellas for their guests.
- The staff at the hotel also found the umbrellas useful.
You don’t usually use also at the end of a sentence as it doesn’t sound natural.
- I am going to Emma’s wedding also.
- I am going to Emma’s wedding too.
- I am going to Emma’s wedding as well.
Can you notice that the “Emma’s wedding also” doesn’t sound right?
You should say: I am also going to Emma´s wedding.
In this example Also is placed after the verb, that’s because it’s a rule that Also goes after the verb to be and another rule is Also goes after modal verbs (can, must, would, shall, will, should, could, may and might.)
Dan: I´m really good at playing tennis but I still need lessons.
Jane: I can play tennis but I must also have lessons if I want to improve
Anna: I keep forgetting my keys!
Luke: Don’t worry, I´m also very forgetful. (Verb to be)
Anna: I´m also tired, maybe that’s why I am forgetting things. (Verb to be)
In short answers to questions
Anna: I really enjoyed the film.
Luke: Me also
You don’t put also at the end of a sentence: it is better to say me too, it sounds more natural.
Too is not only used to add additional information, it is also used to express something in excess:
- This tomato soup is too salty.
- This suitcase is too heavy.