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Libertad Writing Tips: Also or As well or Too

Also or As well or Too

The writing industry is full of experts, mostly people with useless degrees from very expensive universities they didn’t have to pay for. For this reason, 99% of the advice for writers online is either wrong, an oversimplification or has obviously been regurgitated by someone who didn’t really understand what they had been taught in the first place. If you are sick of looking up a point of English and finding you have wasted ten minutes of your life listening to an idiot then this blog is for you.

Here at Libertad, we subscribe to Einstein’s theory of explanation, if you can’t make a complicated subject sound easy then you don’t really understand it. But, here’s the thing. Like you, like everyone, we are a ‘work-in-progress‘ and one of the reasons we love what we do is the fact that we are all learning together – every day.

Below you will find some of the mistakes we’ve made and the simple ways we use to remember the correct answer. These tips have not made us rich, but they have made us better writers.

Let us know if you have any secret hacks, answers or questions and we will write these blogs together. Updates weekly!

Also or As well or Too

All three are adverbs and all mean ‘in addition’. We use one of these when we are giving more information about something.

Also is commonly used in writing, less in speech, and is usually placed in front of the verb, at the start of the sentence.

  • The insurance covered the damage. Also, it paid for the hospital expenses.
  • I will call you next Monday and we can discuss it. Also, we need to decide how many can attend the conference in October.

As well is more common in speaking than in writing and comes at the end of the clause.

  • Freshly ground coffee is better for you than instant coffee. And it tastes nicer as well.
  • I just ignored it. I think everybody else did as well.

Too is usually placed at the very end of a clause. However, there are exceptions to this rule, as shown here:

  • I am studying Spanish too.
  • My mother worries too much.
  • I, too, believe that the Earth is round.

Libertad final note:

In negative clauses, we don’t usually use ‘also’, ‘as well’ or ‘too’. For example:

Wrong – “I’m not cold and he’s not cold too.”

Right – “I’m not cold and he’s not cold either.”

Right – “I’m not cold and neither is he.”

Right – “I’m not cold and nor is he.”

Libertad practice questions:

  1. Mary is beautiful, rich and generous …………. (also/as well/too).
  2. The dog centre provides courses in socialising and obedience training ………… (also/as well/too).
  3. I’ll have the tuna steak please. And I’ll have the prawn salad …………… (also/as well/too).
  4. I …………. (also/as well/too) like dancing.
  5. You, ……….. (also/as well/too), should relax and have a drink.
  6. “I need to go for a walk.” “Me ………… (also/as well/too).”
  7. I have been spring cleaning the house this week, and I have ………… (also/as well/too) been reading a lot.

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