Are there any guidelines for the placement of 'aussi', before or after the verb? It seems that wherever I put it, it's wrong - and I don't seem to find a lot of consistency when I look for it on various websites. Help would be appreciated! Terri
Asked 9 years ago
Bonjour Terri, Since there is not an example sentence, I am quite unsure the reason it was counted as incorrect. The grammar rule in the lesson is the best way to place an adverb, including «aussi», i.e. following the verb. Aurélie is NOT going to mislead you on this (that is needless to say, but I want to reassure you). As far as your statement "It seems that wherever I put it, it's wrong», it is possible that there is a programming error that caused that, but again, without the example sentence, I am just guessing. Bonne chance
Terri, I just remember that it may be related to the passé compose, i.e. j'ai mangé une pomme. Using this example if I were to add that I had eaten a peach also, I would write it: j'ai mangé une pomme, puis j'ai aussi mangé une pêche, --> I at and apple, then I also at a peach. While if I was writing this «pour vrai» like in a paper, I would write «J'ai mangé une pomme puis une pêche». Please let me know if the passé compose example is what you refer to because in that case, an adverb goes between the conjugated auxiliary verb and the past participle. à bientôt
One last item. Here are a couple of websites that I, myself, use that I trust. this one, Laura also writes for or has written for: This one is from the French department at UT at Austin which one of my native French instructors turned me on to. I find both are excellent if you need other resources besides Progress With Lawless French. Bonne continuation,
Ron, many thanks for your responses. My question arose out of the writing challenge answers from Week 61, level A1, (What do you like to eat in summer?) which were "Moi aussi j'aime les salades," or "J'aime (moi) aussi les salades,". My answer was unfortunately neither of these, but it brought home again that I need to pursue finding out more clearly how aussi is placed. I'll work on what you've given me, and the other websites. Thanks for the help! Terri
Given the info you provided, moi aussi, is a placement exception. It is a fixed response, if you will to say me too. For example, je voudrais au cinéma to which the person being spoken to might reply "moi aussi" if indeed he/she is interested in going. Bonne chance
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Bonjour Terri !

In the case you're referring to, it's actually like in English:
me too = moi aussi

Combine this with the fact that adverbs usually come after the conjugated verb (see tagged lesson), and you have : J'aime moi aussi les salades.
You can also choose to place the expression at the start of the sentence for emphasis, as in the other case: Moi aussi j'aime les salades.

See also where to place adverbs when using compound tenses:

I hope that's helpful!
À bientôt !
You make it very simple, Thank you! And thank you for responding so quickly. I'm eager to get back to more writing challenges!

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