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So and Neither: Short Responses of Agreement

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In the American television show Saturday Night Live, actors make jokes of realistic situations and people, like politicians and sports personalities. In one program, for example, sports reporters Pete and Greg discuss a women's curling game between Finland and Paraguay. But it soon becomes clear that they do not understand the game.

A player from Paraguay scores and the men say this:

Pete: What an amazing curl – knocking team Finland right out of the house! Look at that – she is fired up. Bingo!

Greg: Whoa. Whoa. Whoa. Whoa. I have no idea what is happening.

Pete: Neither do I, buddy. The rules of this game are baffling to me.

You just heard Pete say, "Neither do I" to show agreement with Greg's statement. Pete is saying that he also has no idea what is happening.

Very short responses like this are extremely common for English speakers around the world. We use them in speech and informal writing every day.

In English, we can use the words so, neither, too and either to say that what is true for some person is also true for us. In today's program, I will talk about so and neither.

The word so shows agreement with positive statements. And the word neither shows agreement with negative statements. You will hear and see examples of both today.

How they are formed

But first, we will talk about how to form these statements.

In a usual English statement, the subject comes first and is followed by the verb. The structure is:

subject + verb + rest of sentence

For e