My friend is going to the library. I am going there too.

This is a simple sentence. Do you know how to say it in Chinese? “我的朋友去图书馆,我也要去那里。”

也 (yě) means “too” or “also”. In Chinese, it always comes before a verb or an adjective.

Sentence Structure

Sentence Structure 1:

Subj. + 也 + Verb / [Verb Phrase]
For example,

我也有这本书。
Wǒ yěyǒu zhè běn shū.
I also have this book.

我也是学生。
Wǒ yěshì xuéshēng
I am also a student.

我也喜欢看中国电影。
Wǒ yě xǐhuān kàn zhòng guó diànyǐng
I like watching Chinese movies too.

他们也会去吗?
Tāmen yě huì qù ma
Will they go too?

Remember, we cannot translate “also” or “too” word-to-word from English to Chinese as the grammar will not be correct. Regardless of its position in an English sentence, 也 (yě) has to be placed before the verb or verb phrases.

Please Note:

I also like Jiaozi.
我也喜欢饺子。
Wǒ yě xǐhuān jiǎozi

This sentence is OK. However,

I like Jiaozi too.

我喜欢饺子

Wǒ xǐhuān jiǎozi yě

This sentence is wrong.

Sentence Structure 2:

Subj. + 也 (+ Adv.) + Adj.

As you might know, simple “noun + adjective” sentences normally include an adverb like 很 (hěn) before the adjective. To add 也 (yě), we simply need to put it before the adverb.

For example,

这个小女孩也很漂亮。
Zhège xiǎo nǚhái yě hěn piàoliang
This little girl is pretty too.

他也很胖。
Tā yě hěn pàng
He is also fat.

我妈妈做的菜也很好吃。
Wǒ māmā zuò de cài yě hěn hào chī
The dishes my Mom makes are delicious too.

我爸爸也很好。
Wǒ bàba yě hěn hǎo
My Dad is also well.

昨天很热,今天也很热。
Zuótiān hěn rè, jīntiān yě hěn rè
It was hot yesterday. It is hot today too.

“Me Too” Expressions

In Chinese, it is grammatically wrong if we say “wǒ yě” as the word-to-word translation to “Me too”. In Chinese, a verb has to be put after 也 (yě) . A common word is 是 (shì).

For example,

You are an American. Me too.
你是美国人。我也是。
Wǒ shì Měiguó rén. Wǒ yě shì.
You like reading. Me too (So do I).
你喜欢读书。我也喜欢。
Wǒ xǐhuan kàn shū. Wǒ yě xǐhuan.

 


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