Saturday, April 23, 2011

Me Too vs Me Neither

I'm confused about how to correctly use the phrases "me too" and "me neither." It seems that they're largely interchangeable even though on their own they say the exact opposite thing. I'll give you an example. I say, "I can't hear." Then you respond, "Me too," meaning that you also cannot hear, or you could have responded, "Me neither," meaning that you also cannot hear. You're responding to the same thing (not being able to hear) but in one case, you're agree with me and the other you're agreeing with the inability to hear. How English ever became the global language I'll never know.

1 comment:

  1. Hi!
    You cannot say "Me too", if the first statement is negative. Those phrases are NOT interchangable. You can only respond "Me neither" in the situation you've stated. We only use "Me too" to agree with an affirmative statement, like "I CAN hear."
    The proper answer would be "So can I"or"I can too" to agree with an affirmative sentence.
    The proper response for a negative one is "I can't either"or"Neither can I"
    good luck
    PS>English is a global language, because the English jerks wanted to rule the world and almost did so...sadly,it has nothing to do with the difficulty of the language