A: I absolutely love going to the beach!
B: I love going to the beach, too!
The response of person B above is perfectly fine to show agreement with person A. (And really, who doesn’t love going to the beach?!) But there is an easier way to show agreement in conversation. In what other ways can you agree with someone who says “I absolutely love going to the beach!”?
I also love going to the beach. <– Also a great way to agree. But there’s a shorter way to do this!
So do I.
This simple expression can be used to agree with almost any statement.
You can also use a similar expression for agreeing with a negative statement:
A: I don’t like jogging.
Neither do I.
Agreeing with someone: Grammar structure
Agreeing with an affirmative sentence: So + [auxiliary verb] + I.
Ex: “I love puppies.” “So do I.”
Agreeing with a negative sentence: Neither + [auxiliary verb] + I.
Ex: “I don’t like vegetables.” “Neither do I.”
You might be wondering: What other auxiliary verbs work in this expression?
The auxiliary verb “do” is very commonly used in this expression, no matter what verb is used in the original sentence. Exceptions to this are when the original sentence uses a form of the verb “be” or “can.” Here are some examples.
A: I am cold.
B: So am I.
A: I can ride a bike.
B: So can I.
A: I am not cold.
B: Neither am I.
A: I can’t ride a bike.
B: Neither can I.
Try and use these expressions this week! Questions or comments about this lesson? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Get lessons like this emailed to you for free when you sign up for my email list!