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Difference Between Either and Too

Either vs Too

The differences between “either” and “too” are that “either” is used in negative sentences, and “too” is used in positive or affirmative sentences. We can explain this simple difference with the help of a lot of examples.
Too- Used in positive statements

Harry likes eating corndogs and his wife does too.
She likes ballet and her daughter likes it too.
He can play the piano and the violin too.
She likes to win the game and her partner likes it too.

All these statements have something positive about them. “Too” is used to denote the fact that one person is doing something positive, and the other person is also doing a positive thing.
Either- Used in negative statements

Harry does not like eating burgers and his wife doesn’t either.
She does not like hip hop and her daughter doesn’t either.
He cannot play the drums and the bongo either.
She doesn’t like to lose games, and her partner doesn’t like it either.

All of these statements are negative statements. They denote something which somebody like anybody else does not like to do. Along with “either,” there is another word which has been seen to be used in negative sentences, it’s “neither.”
They are both used in negative statements, but “either” is used in statements where there is another negative word in the sentence. For example:

She has never tried playing strings. Me either.
He has never gone to Italy. Me either.

Whereas “neither” is used in sentences where no other negative word has been used, for example:

She hasn’t eaten dinner. Me neither.
He hasn’t been to South Africa. Me neither.

“Either” and “neither” mean exactly the same, but they cannot be interchanged in a sentence.
Another use of “either” is with “or.” “Either” and “or” are used in a sentence to say “one or the other.” For example:

Either Harry or his wife will help you.
Either she or her assistant will teach you.

Similarly, “neither/nor” is used to say “not one and also not the other.” For example:

Neither he nor his wife will help you.
Neither she nor her assistant will teach you.


1.“Too” is used in a positive statement; whereas “either” is used in negative statements.
2.Along with “either,” a similar word, “neither” is used in negative statements, but they cannot be interchanged. 3.“Either” is used in a negative statement where there are more negative words; “neither” is not used with any other negative word.
4.“Either” is used with “or” to make sentences; “too” is always used alone.

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  1. How do these rules work with the sentence below . Hate is definetly negative but “too” is a better choice than either .

    I hate school. Me too
    I hate school . Me either?

  2. Hi,
    Thank you for the explanation!
    It is very professional and clear article.

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