End of ADS-L Digest - 12 Feb 1994 to 13 Feb 1994 ************************************************ There are 4 messages totalling 105 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. Too in initial position (3) 2. An English Grammar Text ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Sun, 13 Feb 1994 22:07:26 -700 From: Keith Russell 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.