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Comma Confusion: The Word "Too"

It's no wonder commas are so confusing―there are an endless number of rules for using them! For this reason, I've decided to start a series called "Comma Confusion," which I'll add to on a regular basis.

Here's the inaugural issue of the "Comma Confusion" series. The following rules are based on those found in The Gregg Reference Manual, tenth edition.¹

Commas and the Word "Too"

Rule #1:
When a sentence or a clause ends with the word too (meaning "also"), the comma preceding the word too is not necessary.

●   I would like a piece of cake too.

●   If you want to go swimming too, we'll take the van instead of the car.

Rule #2:
If the word too (meaning "also") occurs somewhere other than the end of a sentence or a clause, commas should be placed before and after it.

●   We, too, have been invited to the Eckharts' party next weekend.

Rule #3:
If the word too means "excessively," commas should not be used at all.

●   She paid far too much for her new car.

I don't know about you, but I was taught to use a comma before the word too when it comes at the end of a sentence. Apparently the rules have changed!

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1. Sabin, William A. The Gregg Reference Manual. Tenth Edition.
         New York: McGraw-Hill/Irwin, 2005, pp. 32-33.