Proper punctuation is important for the overall understanding of your writing. Most students learning the nuances of good grammar know that commas are important punctuation marks but struggle with their placement.
For example, when the word too is used to mean “also,” “in addition,” or “as well as,” you may have seen a comma placed before “too,” but in other sentences, it is absent. So, which is it? Do you put a comma before too, or not?
The decision is up to you, depending on your intention. Let’s review how to use a comma with the word “too.”
How is “Too” Used in a Sentence?
“Too” is an adverb and is used to replace the word “also” or the phrases “in addition” and “as well as.” It is used towards the middle or end of sentence construction to indicate the expression of time, circumstances, or manner in relation to the sentence’s main subject.
- I really enjoyed the boat trip down the river too.
- He, too, was involved with the reading of the will.
Do You Use a Comma With “Too”?
Commas are used to create a pause and are placed in a sentence for emphasis. They highlight the word or information they are placed with. When a comma precedes a word or is placed around a word, then you are telling your reader to pause or indicate an abrupt shift in tone or thought.
There is no hard-and-fast rule pertaining to comma usage with the word “too.” It is very much up to the author of the material to determine if they want to use a comma to emphasize information or leave it out to avoid a pause in the sentence.
When to Use a Comma Before “Too”
As mentioned above, a comma creates emphasis. If you intend to create drama, change the tone of your sentence, or emphasize the word “too,” then use a comma. Place it before “too” at the end of a sentence or around it when placed in the middle of a sentence.
- I, too, am bored with this meeting and wish it would end.
- I love to spend the day reading, too!
When NOT to Use a Comma With “Too”
Again, a sentence that uses “too” does not require comma use unless you specifically want to use one. Avoiding comma use simply allows your sentence to be read without pause or emphasis. It flows uninterrupted.
- I too cannot wait until class is over today.
- Friday is my favorite day of the week too.
Whether to use a comma with the word “too” in your sentences is entirely up to you. Commas indicate emphasis, and if you want to create a change in tone or an expression of emotion, a comma is your best option. However, it is entirely acceptable to avoid comma usage with “too” and to leave the natural flow of speech alone.