This is a conversation between two friends, one is 30 the other is 25. They are speaking about their school time:
A: Do you remember Mr. X? He was my English teacher.
B: Oh, yes. He was my English teacher too.
I want to use “so” or “too” in a short sentence (B’s sentence) to show agreement with a positive statement.
I know if the conversation was as follows, I could use “I was too.” or “So was I”:
A: Do you remember Mr. X? I was his student.
B: Oh, yes. I was his student too./ I was too./ So was I.(And informally: Me too./ Ditto.)
But I don’t know how B can use this grammar to express their agreement with A, in the first conversation.
If this grammar is not applicable to the first conversation, how should B express their agreement (i.e. “That’s also true for me.”) in a short form? (formally or informally)
The second conversation does not flout any of grammatical rules of eliding and is correct in its formal/ informal avatars.
The first conversation is our problem area. It is proposed that B wants to skid most of the words by restricting the answer to bare minimum. We call it Answer Ellipses. Ellipses come from Greek meaning ‘to leave’. In our day to day conversation words are left out of a sentence, but the sentence can still be meaningful and in such an elliptical construction of answer, redundancies are left out when context is of real help.
But we must be careful the Answer Ellipsis can satisfy the identity requirement( parallelism) needed to license deletion for likeness of form enable the reader/ person spoken to recognize the likeness of content and function.
@Lawrence suggested the best possible grammatically correct alternatives.
- Mine, too.
- So of mine.
Mine, also. or any other form as:-
Yes, I do, incidently my teacher too.
In answer ellipses or dialogues we can skid the whole of sentence except a word or two. Symmetry only matters.