Origin of alsoMiddle English al so, al swo from Old English eallswa from eall, all + swa, so
An example of also is packing a tuna sandwich as well as a peanut butter sandwich for lunch.
- In addition; besides.
- Likewise; too: If you will stay, I will also.
Origin of alsoMiddle English from Old English ealswā eall all ; see al-3 in Indo-European roots. swā so ; see so1.
Usage Note: Some people maintain that it is wrong to begin a sentence with also. In our 2014 survey, however, 70 percent of the Usage Panel found the usage acceptable in this example: The warranty covers all power train components. Also, participating dealers back their work with a free lifetime service guarantee. Given this high rate of acceptance, as well as the fact that it is perfectly normal to start sentences with other conjunctive adverbs such as furthermore, there seems no reason to condemn this usage of also.
- (conjunctive, focus) In addition; besides; as well; further; too. [from 14th c.]
- They had porridge for breakfast, and also toast.
From Middle English also, alswo, alswa, (also alse, als, as > English as), from Old English ealswā, eallswā (“completely so, additionally, just as, just so, even as, even so, as, as if, so, so as, likewise, also; likewise, in just the same way”), equivalent to all + so. Cognate with Scots alsa, alswa (“also, even so, in the same way, as, as well”), West Frisian alsa (“so, just so, even so, thus”), Old Saxon alsō (“similarly, as if, just as, when”), Dutch alzo (“so, thus”), German also (“so, thus”), Danish altså (“so”), Swedish alltså (“so, therefore, accordingly, thus, then”). Compare also Swedish också (“also, too, as well”) and Albanian aq sa (“as much as”), compound of aq (“as much”) and sa (“how much, so, as”). See all, so, as.
- Aside from packing, there was also decorating to be done.
- Also, my hat is quite empty.
- All genetic conditions that one would reasonably wish to alter would also be altered.
- Was he also concerned about the Indians?
- He was also dressed for the exclusive party.