Date: Sun, 13 Feb 1994 22:07:26 -700
From: Keith Russell wkr[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]US.DYNIX.COM
Subject: Re: Too in initial position
On Sun, 13 Feb 1994, Donald M. Lance wrote:
I have vague recollections of English teachers "correcting" me for using
initial 'too' as we use initial 'also' and 'and', followed by a comma as in
Grepstad's example. I checked several style handbooks, thinking that there
was a stylistic "rule" inveighing against the usage, but didn't find one.
This usage, to my ear and eye, is common in spoken style (I suspect in any
variety of English) but is considered too informal for most written styles.
These "rules" in style books exist because native speakers of the language
actually do use the forms in questions, of course.
DMLance, U of Missouri
I also remember being taught in English class that initial 'too' was
incorrect. Unlike Professor Lance, however, I do not feel that this usage
is very common in spoken American English; I do agree that its use in
written language is quite informal.