Friday, February 24

Me Either? Me Neither? Me Too?










Let’s say, somebody tells you: “I like English. How about you?



How will you answer?





If your answer is: “Me too,” this is good. This is correct.



But when somebody asks you: “I’m not good at English. How about you?” how will you answer?

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In this case, to say: “Me too” is wrong.



Why? Because the original sentence or situation is negative:


I am NOT good at English. How about you?



In this case, you have to answer: “Me neither” or “I’m not either.






When you hear a positive sentence and you wanna agree. You can say “too.”


Ex. 


A: I have a dream.

B: Me too. (=OK)


A: I can use a computer.

B: Me too.  (=OK)


A: I hate liars.

B: Me too. (=OK)



But when you hear a negative sentence (with the word “not’) and you wanna agree, it’s a very common mistake to use “too.”


Ex. 


A: I don’t like snakes.

B: Me too. (=X)


A: I don’t have a pet bird.

B: Me too. (=X)


A: I can’t speak Chinese.

B: Me too. (=X)



Like I said, in the case of negative sentences, you have to practice “either” or “neither.” Like this:



A: I don’t like snakes.  

B: Me neither. –or – I don’t either.


A: I don’t have a pet bird.

B: Me neither.  – or – I don’t either.


A: I can’t speak Chinese.

B: Me neither. – or – I can’t either.


A: I won't join the party.

B: Me neither. - or - I won't either. 




* Note: Sometimes, in casual or informal style, people also say: “Me either.” But the original, grammatical expression is: “Me neither.”





Other Ways of Answering



There are other ways of answering, and they are more formal expressions. Also, when you use them, you need to be careful with the Helping Verb:


Ex. 


A: I will join the trip.

B: So will I.


A: I can live by myself.

B: So can I.


A: I like sweets.

B: So do I.


A: I might be late.

B: So might I.




It’s the same with negative sentences:


Ex. 


A: I won’t join that trip. It’s dangerous!

B: Neither will I./ Nor will I.


A: I can’t survive in the mountain by myself.

B: Neither can I. / Nor can I.


A: I don’t like greasy food.

B: Neither do I. / Nor do I.




In summary: 








Hope you learned something!
                                                                                                                                           
Keep on learning !











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