What Are Their Main Differences?
These two words are similar in many ways, but they are used in different environments. The first and main difference between 'either' and 'too' is that 'either' is used with negative verbs, while 'too' is used with affirmative verbs. Also, they are different in their grammatical functions.
As a determiner, 'either' is used before singular nouns to define them. As a pronoun, it is used directly before the verb with no nouns afterward. As an adverb, 'either' is used to agree on a negative statement. As a conjunction, it is used to connect two clauses and it is usually followed by 'or.'
"Which color should I paint the walls?" "
I didn't call Katherine, Sara didn't
'Too' can be an adverb, before another adverb or adjective to intensify them, but it can also come at the end of the sentence to say that it is also true for something else. Look at the following examples.
The weather is
I have the best taste in seafoods and my friend does
Too as an Adverb of Degree
'Too' can be an adverb of degree which is not our main purpose in this article. However, you should know that it is used before adjectives and other adverbs to intensify them and it means 'very.'
Several layers of thin clothing are
Too in Formal Speech
Sometimes in formal speech 'too' comes after the subject between two commas and it is used to say something special is true for the subject too.
The annual convention of musicians,
Be careful about the spelling rules of 'too.' It is sometimes confused with the terms 'to' and 'two.'
Verbs That Follow Either and Too
As is mentioned at the beginning of the article, the main difference between 'either' and 'too' is in the verb that is used in the sentence.
is used in sentences including affirmative verbs.
My dad dislikes my boyfriend and my mother does
is used in sentences including negative verbs.
He isn't extroverted and I am not
How They Are Placed in a Sentence
- 'Either' and 'too' both are placed at the end of the sentence.
My friend seems beautiful and her mother does
Our car is not comfortable and our uncle's car isn't
What They Are Used for
- 'Either' and 'too' both agree on a statement being mentioned earlier. In other words, they are used as a sign of agreement.
Cats are cute and dogs are cute
Her sister isn't tall and her mother isn't tall
How They Shorten the Sentence
- As you might have noticed in the previous examples 'either' and 'too' both can shorten the sentence. One can avoid repeating the agreeing sentence by using 'either' and 'too.'
"I hate Harry." "Me
Another answer → "I do
"He didn't bring the keys." "Me
Note that using 'me either' is informal.
Another answer → "I didn't
How They are Synonyms
- As an adverb, both 'either' and 'too' have the same meaning. They are used to agree on something that has been mentioned earlier about someone or something else.
He likes pepperoni pizza, and I like it
My sister doesn't eat meat, and I don't