I have a Japanese friend in Japan teaching English and she wrote me this email the other day asking for advice.........


When I worked for Kumon writing English-study videos and their texts, we had a boss who insisted that "too" MUST be preceded by a comma, e.g.,
"Me, too."

I explained that the presence of the comma depended on the desired meaning.

For example,
1. ["She's beautiful."] ***"She's smart, too."***
=She is beautiful and also smart."
2. ["He's smart."] ***"She's smart too." ***
=He is smart and she is also smart."
We might take a view that "too" with the comma addresses the predicate,
while "too" without the comma addresses the subject.

Can anyone out there help her???? 'Cause I sure can'tEmotion: smile

thanks for your help
Hello Cheeryblossom

Hello, I, too, am a learner from Japan. It's warm today in Japan, but this spring it is rather colder than usual, don't you think so? I'm afraid we can't see cherry-blossoms until the beginning of April.

As to your question, we got quite recently a question of the same sort as yours from a Japanese person, and our moderators (English teaching native speakers) discussed about it. I've looked back for it in stocked past threads but in vain. Here we have too many questions and every thread rapidly gets gone, and still the search engine works not quite well. So, instead, I'll link [url="http://www.press.uchicago.edu/Misc/Chicago/cmosfaq/cmosfaq.Commas.html"]Chicag Manual's QA about Comma Uses[/url], [url="http://webster.commnet.edu/grammar/commas.htm"]Webster's Comma Use Guideline[/url], and[url="http://suzyred.com/comma.html "] Comma Song [/url]. If you read them, you will find their recommendations are different. The Chicago Manual is rather for advanced learners (who would write academic articles) and Comma Song is for English education of children. Where you need commas in your sentence seems to depend on what purpose the sentence is used for. The Genius E-J dictionary says we can either use or leave out the comma in "Me (,) too" but my opinion is it would be better to insert a comma in "Me, too" when it is used in English beginner's textbooks. The comma will help children know where to take a breath.

Have a nice day.


[PS] You can wait moderators' better answers.
thanks paco2004 Emotion: smile

I'll check pout those links