Placement of “Also” in Sentence

The word “also” means “too” or “in addition.” Normally, the word “also” goes before a simple past or present tense verb, but goes after the verb “to be” and any auxiliary or modal verbs.

The well may have produced 258 b/d of heavy oil, but it also produced a lot of sand. (before simple past tense)

This downhole tool not only measures temperature, but it also measures pressure.
(before simple present tense)

She may be a lawyer, but she is also a registered petroleum engineer.
(after verb “to be”)

If we exceed our production target by 20%, each of you will also receive a new car.
(after an auxiliary verb)

The manager plans to attend the meeting, but the vice president might also attend.
(after a modal verb)

If the word “also” refers to an entire sentence, then it goes at the beginning of the sentence with a comma after it.

Turn in your expense account. Also, your timesheet needs to be filled out.


11 Responses to “Placement of “Also” in Sentence”

  1. jason Says:

    Nice post. I might also Tweet it!

  2. don Says:

    Great post: very helpful.

  3. meb Says:

    is it possible to use also before have been shown?

  4. jyoti lokeswaran Says:

    Good and to the point.

  5. JH Says:

    Is there a distinction between US and UK usage? I find that US authors tend to use ‘also’ up front before the verb ‘to be’ and modal and auxiliary verbs.

    • petrocomputing Says:

      Yes, there are probably differences across the pond, but the preferred position is after helping verbs and “to be.”
      He is also a scientist.
      I am also sending a package.

  6. rosy Says:

    isn’t it correct to say: it has also been shown..Then also is not before has been shown

    • petrocomputing Says:

      You can go either way: It has also been shown, or It also has been shown, but the former is preferred, as the “also” is just before the verb form of “to be.”

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  8. Jo Alex SG Says:

    Thank you so much for this!

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