When To Use “a mí también” And “yo también”

Learn The Difference: “a mí también” vs. “yo también”

 

 

A lot of people get confused with the use of “también” and “tampoco”. It gets even worse when you try using “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 lottle explanation as well but we highly suggest you to 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
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”

If you’re ready to improve your Spanish, check out our course Español en Uso. This course is only for Spansh students who understand slow spoken Spanish and already have experience learning Spanish. In other words, it is not for beginners.

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