How to use también and tampoco

how to use también and tampoco

Learn The Difference

A lot of people get confused about how to use también and tampoco.  It gets even worse when you try using “yo” and “a mí” in front of them like “yo también” and “a mí también”.  Most people end up just guessing and using them randomly.  This has been Cody’s problem as well. (Cody is a Spanish student as well).

We hope with this video and the exercises in it, the confusion goes away. Here’s a little explanation as well but we highly suggest you watch the video and listen to the explanations of the reasons behind choosing “yo también” or “a mí también”.

Using “También” and “Tampoco” to agree

In a nutshell, “también” and “tampoco” are both used to agree with someone else. Use “también” to agree to an affirmative sentence (like me gusta el chocolate or esudio español). Use “tampoco” to agree to a NEGATIVE sentence (like no me gusta el chocolate or no estudio español). The problem is: You can’t use the individual words “también” or “tampoco” (by themselves) to reply. You have to use either “a mí” or “yo”.

When to use “a mí” vs. “yo”?

Short answer: Use “a mí” if the sentence you agree with begins with “a mí”. Example: Me gusta el chocolate. In Spanish, just like in other romance languages, we don’t have to mention the person. This is why a bit of knowledge of grammar would be helpful. The complete sentence would be (a mí) me gusta el chocolate. You would never say “yo me gusta el chocolate“. So the reply to agree with this sentence is: “a mí también”.

Similarly, in a sentence like “estudio español“, the complete sentence is (yo) estudio español. Most people would not say “yo”, but simply “estudio español”.  The reply to say you do the same is “yo también”.

Let’s see other examples:

Te quiero

Me gusta el café

Me gusta usar tacones en las fiestas

Tengo miedo de las arañas

Escucho voces en mi cabeza

Quiero besar a Enrique Iglesias

Creo que los objetos tienen sentimientos

You reply to all the statements above with “también” because they are all affirmative sentences. Now let’s see some negative sentences (Reply with “tampoco” and decide if you need to use “yo” or “a mí”).

No me gusta usar ropa interior

No me he bañado en tres días

*Remember to keep in mind should I reply “yo tampoco” or “a mí tampoco”

No entiendo el uso de “también” y “tampoco”

No me gustan tus zapatos

La comida rápida no me parece saludable

No me interesa hablar con extraños

No estudié para este video


Check the video to see the correct answers. We hope this helped you understand when to use “a mí” and “yo” when replying with “también” and “tampoco”


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