What is the difference between also, as well, and too?

What do also, as well, and too mean?

The difference betwee as well, also, and too

Also, as well and too are adverbs. They are all used to express addition but they are used differently within sentences: they take different sentence positions. Generally speaking, too and as well are used at the end of sentences. Also is placed before the main verb or after a helping verb (i.e. auxiliary or modal).


Also is an adverb that means in addition.

1. It is usually placed before the main verb:

  • I also like baseball.
  • She also plays basketball.

2. The adverb also may be positioned after a helping verb. Helping verbs are verbs that help the main verb in a sentence to extend its meaning or to convey more grammatical information about the sentence. Helping verbs can be:

  • Auxiliaries such as be - as in 'I am working on a new project' - or have - as in 'I have done my homework'.
  • Modals such as can, must, and should - as in 'you should see a doctor'.

If the word also is inserted in the above examples, it must be placed after the helping verbs:

  • I am also working on a new project.
  • I have also done my homework.
  • You should also see a doctor.

3. Sometimes, also is placed at the beginning of the sentence:

  • She was so mean. Also, she didn' let us finish our work.
  • It was so hot. Also, you could hardly see someone walking outside.


Too, like also, means in addition.

1. Too normally comes in the end position:

  • I don't know if Mary is coming too.
  • She is beautiful, rich, and generous too.
  • He looks exhausted. He must be sad too.
  • Jane: I like playing tennis.
    Mary: me too.

2. In formal situations, too may be placed immediately after the subject:

  • You, too, should relax and have some fun.
  • Nancy, too, wanted to help.

3. Too must never be put at the beginning of a sentence.

4. Too must not be confused with to and two

  • to has 2 different meanings:
    • It means toward - as in I went to Paris.
    • It is also used with the base form of a verb to indicate that the verb is in the infinitive (e.g. to go, to play, to write, etc.).
  • two, however, is a number.

As well

As well is used to add information. It normally comes in end position:

  • Forgiveness helps you let go of feelings and thoughts of resentment, bitterness, anger, and the need for vengeance. It is part of the healing process as well.
  • The school provides courses in biotechnology and training in artificial intelligence as well.

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