1. AuthoressM
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    Question about Punctuation with 'Too'

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by AuthoressM, Jan 4, 2009.

    This is such a simple question, so I feel a bit silly asking it. However, it's been nagging at my mind, so I have to ask.

    You know when two children are quarreling, and this happens:

    "Was not!"

    "Was too!"

    "Was not!"

    "Was too!"

    You've heard that before, right? Try to ignore the fact that it grammatically should be 'were' in one of the proclamations. In reality, children do not care if they are talking grammtically, and the above is how the fight comes out.

    My question is - is it "Was, too!"? *laughs* I know. Such a long explanation for such a short question.

    Thanks for your help!
     
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    a comma usually does go before 'too' when it's used to mean 'also'... and after, in many cases... but in this case, it's being used more as 'so'... so no comma would be needed, imo...
     
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    I agree with Maia. The only reason I would use the comma would be to change how the person is saying it. "Was too." and "Was, too." read differently in my mind.

    I read "Was too." quickly with out any pitch change. I read "Was, too." like "Was, toUUUoo."
     
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    sounds about right to me, too, arch!
     
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    *laughs* Thanks so much! I felt the same way - that there shouldn't be a comma there, but wasn't really able to explain it. Thanks for your help!
     

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