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If somebody says “I like coffee” and you wish to convey the idea that you like coffee too, you should say, “So do I”.

If you said “I like coffee too,” the answer would sound unnatural.

Similarly, if the person says “I don’t like tea” and you wish to state that you don’t like tea either, you should say, “’Nor / Neither do I,” rather than “I don’t like coffee either.”

On the other hand, if you wish to answer that you don’t like coffee, you have to say, 'But I don’t.”

If you wish to say that you do like tea, you have to say, “But 1 do.”

Additions may also be made by the same speaker.

Grace can swim. But Mary can’t.

The following are the patterns of additions to remarks.

Positive additions to positive statements
So + auxiliary + subject

Negative additions to negative statements
Nor / Neither / auxiliary + subject

Negative additions to positive statements
But + subject + auxiliary + not

Positive additions to negative statements
But + subject + auxiliary

Examples :

Apples are very dear.
So are oranges.

I’ve seen the film.
So have I.

Tom should work hard and so should Fred.
Mohan came late and so did Anand.

John doesn’t smoke.
Neither does his brother.

You didn’t notice him and nor did I.
Tom shouldn’t waste his time and neither should Fred.
You can’t finish the work today.
Nor can you.

I will attend the party.
But I won’t.

Kishore is studying hard. But you are not.
Mr. Mehta can drive a car. But his wife can’t.
Edith knows German. But Susan doesn’t.

I don’t know him.
But your brother does.

I didn’t like the film.
But 1 did.

My sister can't swim.
But I can.

I haven't read the novel.
But Rupa has.







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