too


too
I [[t]tu͟ː[/t]] ADDING SOMETHING OR RESPONDING
1) ADV: cl/group ADV You use too after mentioning another person, thing, or aspect that a previous statement applies to or includes.

`Nice to talk to you.' - `Nice to talk to you too.'...

`I've got a great feeling about it.' - `Me too.'...

Depression may be expressed physically too...

He doesn't want to meet me. I, too, have been afraid to talk to him...

We talked to her agent. He's your agent, too, right?

2) ADV: cl/group ADV (emphasis) You use too after adding a piece of information or a comment to a statement, in order to emphasize that it is surprising or important.

We did learn to read, and quickly too...

People usually think of it as a `boys' book', which of course it is, and a very good one too.

Syn:
as well
3) ADV: cl ADV (emphasis) You use too at the end of a sentence to emphasize an opinion that you have added after a statement made by you or by another person.

`That money's mine.' - `Of course it is, and quite right too.'...

`Oh excuse me.' - `I should think so too.'...

The banks are being told to think about small businesses a little more. And about time too.

4) ADV: ADV after aux (emphasis) You use too in order to emphasize in a humorous or childish way that you disagree with what someone else has said or that you refuse to obey them. [INFORMAL]

`I'm getting a bike for my birthday.' - `You are not.' - `I am too.'

II [[t]tu͟ː[/t]] INDICATING EXCESS
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1) ADV: ADV adj/adv, oft ADV adj/adv to-inf You also use too in order to indicate that there is a greater amount or degree of something than is desirable, necessary, or acceptable.

Leather jeans that are too big will make you look larger...

Eggs shouldn't be kept in the fridge, it's too cold...

The shaking inside may be due to low blood sugar, too much caffeine or too many cigarettes...

She was drinking too much, eating too much, having too many late nights...

`I've come to see Miss Ridley.' - `Then I'm afraid you're too late, sir. She's gone.'

...I know you need your freedom too much to stay with me.

2) ADV: with brd-neg, ADV adj (vagueness) You use too with a negative to make what you are saying sound less forceful or more polite or cautious.

Americans are never too keen to leave their beloved country...

I wasn't too happy with what I'd written so far...

He won't be too pleased to see you.

Syn:
3) ADV: ADV adj (emphasis) You use too when you want to emphasize in a fairly formal way your thanks to someone for something that they have done for you.

`I'll try and get you a cake.' - `Oh Ann you're too kind.'

4) PHRASE: PHR adv/adj (emphasis) You use all too or only too to emphasize that something happens to a greater extent or degree than is pleasant or desirable.

She remembered it all too well...

She is all too aware that we should be grateful for good health...

The letter spoke only too clearly of his anxiety for her.

5) PHRASE: v-link PHR, PHR after v If you describe a situation as too little too late, you are blaming someone for not doing enough to prevent a problem and for taking action only after the problem had become very bad.

They think this is too little too late...

The government is now bringing in laws to reduce air pollution. But, is it a case of too little, too late?

6) too badsee bad
too cleversee clever
none toosee none

English dictionary. 2008.

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  • too — 1. Too is the normal word used to qualify an adjective or adverb to denote excess: The house is too large / I spoke too soon. It should not be used to qualify a participial adjective when this could not idiomatically be qualified by very: She was …   Modern English usage

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