Submitted by dorik on May 29, 2004

“me too”

This question is about the correctness of “me, too” as it relates to formal speech or its likelihood of being torn apart by a grammar fanatic.

Examples:

a: “I want to go to the store.” b: “Me too.”

a: “I have ten fingers.” b: “Me too.”

Is “me, too” gramatiically correct, or should it be something like, “I, too,” “I, also,” or “I do as well?”

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If you want to avoid the awkwardness of worrying about "me too", both your examples could be easily solved by saying "So do I".

a: "I want to go to the store."
b: "So do I."

a: "I have ten fingers."
b: "So do I."

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"Me too" is perfectly grammatical, and you shouldn't pay attention to so-called "grammatical fanatics". It's similar to answering the question "who is it?" with "it's me." You wouldn't say, "it's I" unless you wanted to continue with "(it's I), the King of Monarch-land" or something like that.

"I, too" is not correct. "I, also" is also incorrect. For formal situations, "me too" might be a little casual. The following are more formal:

I do as well
I do too

(some people might say "me, also" is correct. It's marginal for me)

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In the cases above cited, I would say, "I do, too."

Of course, politeness would dictate that you not, arbitrarily and uninvited, include yourself in an activity, but this is not an English grammar rule.

(speedwell is snarky after staying up all night helping her fellow with his term paper on Polykleitos and the Pythagorean influences on classical Greek sculpture.)

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