Date: Sun, 13 Feb 1994 15:12:21 METDST From: "Jon Grepstad, LR" Subject: Re: Too in initial position Dan Brink: Thanks a lot for your note. This is getting interesting, at least to me as a foreign, non-native observer. A have had a couple of other replies already, both from the US. One claims: "Too," as a clause beginner seems to occur in written texts. To my ear, it always seems self-conscious and vaguely ugly, a pretentious brightness or cuteness. I have never heard it in human speech. Neutrally, you might bank it as a marker of middle-brow written dialect. [...] The other says: [...] But briefly, sentence-initial "too" is virtually non-existent in American English speech. it is very high-style literary. [...] it has the ring of the 19th century to it [...] I notice it much more often in written British English, so perhaps it is more current and ecceptable in that national variety. Your note adds other nuances to the picture: >My intuition is that 'too' is quite common in (near) initial position >in spoken American English, although (almost) always accompanied by >'then' or 'and then'. Best regards, Jon Grepstad