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  • So, neither – so am I, neither do I, etc.

    Exercise 1

    Choose the correct forms with so, neither, too, either to complete the sentences below.

    1A: 'I haven't written the essay yet.'  B: 'Neither I.'

    2A: 'I'm very thirsty.'  B: '.'

    3A: 'Sam won't help us.'  B: 'Neither .

    4A: 'I can't forgive them for what happened.'  B: 'I can't forgive them .'

    5A: 'I drink too much coffee.'  B: '.'

    6A: 'Mum was very proud of us.'  B: 'And .'

    7Ann will be there and so .

    8A: 'You didn't tell the truth.'  B: 'Nor .'

    9A: 'I watched the match in a pub.'  B: 'So .'

    10A: 'I would really like to go.'  B: '.'


     

  • So and neither – so am I, neither do I, etc.

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    A is or does the same as B

    To say that A is or does the same as B, we can use so + auxiliary verb + subject in affirmative sentences and neither + auxiliary verb + subject in negative sentences.

    • A: “I am from London.”  B: So am I.” (=I am from London too.)
    • A: “I’m not tired.”  B: Neither am I.” (=I am not tired either.)

    What auxiliary verb do we need?

    After so/neither we use the same auxiliary or modal verb as in the first sentence: be, do, have, can, will, must, etc.

    • A: “Tomas is not going to the party.”  B: Neither is Sally.”
    • A: “I’ll be here at 7.”  B: “So will I.”
    • A: “Lisa can play the guitar.”  B: “So can Tim.”

    When there isn’t an auxiliary or modal verb in the first sentence, we use do/does in the present and did in the past.

    • A: “I want to leave.”  B: “So do I.”
    • A: “George loves chocolate.”  B: “So does Bruno.”
    • A: “I went to bed very late.”  B: “So did I.”

    Nor = neither

    We can use nor instead of neither.

    • A: “I wasn’t ready.”  B: Nor/Neither was I.”

    Neither is negative

    Neither/nor is a negative word, like not. For this reason, the auxiliary verb after neither should be affirmative.

    • A: “I didn’t see the film yesterday.”  B: “Neither did I.” (NOT Neither didn’t I)
    • A: “Ray couldn’t answer the question.”  B: “Neither could Jimmy.” (NOT Neither couldn’t Jimmy.)

     

    Too, either

    Another way of saying that A is or does the same as B, is the use of too or either at the end of the sentence. We use too for affirmative sentences and either for negative sentences.

    • A: “I want to leave.”  B: “I want to leave too.”
    • A: “I didn’t go.”  B: “I didn’t go either.”
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