"I have sent it to X too" vs. "I have sent it to X also"

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  • I have sent this e-mail to Aman also.
  • I have sent this e-mail to Aman too.

Which one is correct? What is the exact difference between the two? Please explain.

hellodear

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3I'm not used to also at the end of a long sentence. I would say that too, in this case, is the more likely alternative for native speakers. (I'm still wondering that native speakers might utter something else entirely to express this idea. Back to the case of also at the end of the mentioned sentence. If they wanted to say also, they would tag it along with sent. If they wanted to add that she sent it "also", I think it would come out as too or as well in spontaneous speech.) – Damkerng T. – 2014-01-25T10:37:01.037

@DamkerngT. I think you are right and your comment deserves being promoted to an answer – MdMazzotti – 2014-01-25T11:35:37.330

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In the context you are asking about, the two words are very synonymous, so there is no "exact difference" between the two.

When I am choosing one over the other, my choice is often based on style, and how they sound. For example, in this sentence, I would use also, simply because it sounds better (who wants to say "two-too"?):

When I asked if they wanted a slice of bread, Jim asked for two, and Jane asked for two, too.
When I asked if they wanted a slice of bread, Jim asked for two, and Jane asked for two, also.

Moreover, this is a generality, but I think also usually sounds better in technical writing; it seems slightly more formal:

The graph shows that the function f(x) is continuous, and g(x) is continuous, also.

At the beginning of a sentence, also just about always the better word:

Also, I sent this email to Aman yesterday.

However, at the end of a sentence, when you're indicating "as well", there's really not much difference in which one you use (although a comma is generally used before too in this context):

I have sent this e-mail to Aman also.
I have sent this e-mail to Aman, too.

J.R.

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When used like you have here to mean as well, or in addition to, they are interchangeable.

Jim

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