Tampoco vs Tambien: The Definitive Guide for Spanish Learners (2024)

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August 2, 2021 by Olga Put Spanish Grammar 0 comments

También and tampoco are two little words in Spanish that seem confusingly similar, especially because you use both of them to agree with another person! Luckily, it’s easy to distinguish the situations in which you’ll need también vs tampoco and learn how to use them properly.

In this blog post, you can find a detailed, step-by step explanation of también vs tampoco with many examples. At the end, take the quiz to check your understanding of this new grammar topic.

But wait!

Before we jump into the explanation, let me present you with a little riddle. To get the correct answer, you must understand the difference between también and tampoco:

En naranja tres veces, En manzana también, ninguna estoy en nueces ni tampoco en miel.
The translation is a mystery! (Unless you scroll to the bottom of the page, of course)

Instead, read on to uncover the answer on your own.

También vs. Tampoco

While también and tampoco both express agreement, this occurs in completely different scenarios. Both words function as adverbs, but their function differs in that:

  • También expresses agreement with positive statements.
  • Tampoco expresses agreement with negative statements.

That’s easy to start with, right?

Now, let’s explore también and tampoco in detail to get a better grasp of the differences and usage.

Agreement in Spanish

It’s important to remember that you’ll use también and tampoco to agree with what somebody said before. I’ll explain later how to disagree.

También

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This adverb translates into “too” or “also” in English. When somebody says an affirmative sentence in Spanish, and you want to agree with it and emphasize the similarity of your situation with the one that the speaker is in, you’ll use también.

Look at these examples:

Ana: Vivo aquí al lado.
María: ¿qué coincidencia! ¡Yo también!

Ana: I live next door.
María: What a coincidence! Me too!

Andrés: Trabajo en una tienda de juguetes.
Pablo: ¡Yo también!

Andrés: I work in a toy store.
Pablo: Me too!

In both situations, Ana and Andrés said affirmative sentences and María and Pablo agreed with them using también.

Tampoco

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On the other hand, tampoco translates to “neither” or “either.” You’ll use this adverb to agree with a negative statement expressed by another person.

Ana: Yo no vivo aquí.
María: yo tampoco.

Ana: I don’t live here.
María: Me neither. / Neither do I.

Ana says that she does not live here and María agrees with her and says that neither does she.

Andrés: Yo no trabajo en una tienda de ropa.
Pablo: Yo tampoco
.

Andrés: I don’t work in a clothes store.
Pablo: Me neither. / Neither do I.

Pablo reacts to what Andrés says about not working in a clothes store, and confirms that he doesn’t work in one either.

Agreeing with the verb gustar and other similar verbs

You surely remember that Spanish verbs like gustar (to like) use slightly different structure from typical sentence structure of Subject-Verb-Object.

Need a refresher first? 21 Verbs Like Gustar You Should Start Using in Spanish Conversation

These verbs also use a different structure for expressing agreement.

Instead of saying yo también, you say a mí también.

Instead of yo tampoco, say a mí tampoco.

To form this with any person, substitute the subject pronoun (for example, yo) with a + indirect object pronoun (a mí).

Ana: Me gusta la playa.
María: A mí también.

Ana: I like the beach.
María; Me too.

Andrés: No me gustan los camarones.
Pedro: A mí tampoco.

Andrés: I don’t like shrimps.
Pedro: Neither do I.

Other verbs that work the same way as gustar are:

EnglishSpanish
to bore / get tired ofaburrir
to pleaseagradar
to cheer up / make happyalegrar
to feel like / craveapetecer
to frighten / scareasustar
to be a good idea / suit / be convenientconvenir
to cost / be hardcostar
to amuse / entertaindivertir
to hurt / achedoler
to loveencantar
to be missing / be absentfaltar
to fascinate / captivatefascinar
to favor / encouragefavorecer
to matter / mind / careimportar
to interest / concerninteresar
to bother / annoy / upsetmolestar
to seem / look likeparecer
to sting / bite / itch / choppicar
to worry / be concernedpreocupar
to be left / to stayquedar
to be left over / not be neededsobrar

Me aburre la película.
A mí tambien.

The movie bores me.
It bothers me too.

No me interesa lo que dice ella.
A mí tampoco.

I don’t care what she says.
Me neither.

No nos favorece este acuerdo.
A nosotros tampoco.

This agreement does not do us any good.
Neither to us.

Disagreeing in Spanish

But what happens if somebody says something but you don’t agree?

That’s even easier than también and tampoco. See yourself!

Disagreeing With Affirmative Sentences.

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Let’s look at how to disagree with an affirmative statement by using the same examples we explored above.

Ana: Vivo aquí al lado.
María: Yo no. Yo vivo en las afueras.

Ana: I live next door.
María: I don’t. I live in the outskirts.

Andrés: Trabajo en una tienda de juguetes.
Pablo: Yo no. Estoy desempleado.

Andrés: I work in a toy store.
Pablo: I don’t. I am unemployed.

You see. It’s easy. You only say yo no when disagreeing with affirmative sentences!

Meanwhile, If the affirmative sentence uses a verb like gustar, you’ll reply: a mí no.

Ana: Me gusta la playa.
María: A mí no.

Ana: I like the beach.
María: I don’t.

Disagreeing With Negative Sentences

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What happens if the first statement is negative, but you want to emphasize your different stance towards the other person’s statement?

You say: yo sí or a mí sí.

Ana: Yo no vivo aquí.
María: Yo sí.

Ana: I don’t live here.
María: I do.

Andrés: Yo no trabajo en una tienda de ropa.
Pablo: Yo sí.

Andrés: I don’t work in a clothes store.
Pablo: I do.

Andrés: No me gustan los camarones.
Pedro: A mí sí.

Andrés: I don’t like shrimp.
Pedro: I do.

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Decipher the Riddle

Remember the riddle with también and tampoco from the beginning?

En naranja tres veces, En manzana también, ninguna estoy en nueces ni tampoco en miel.
In naranja three times, in manzana too, I am neither in nueces, nor in miel.

Keeping the Spanish words intact is essential to guessing the answer correctly!

And the answer is?

Letter A!

Did you get it before I revealed the answer?

También vs. Tampoco: Multiple Choice Quiz

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Test how much you’ve learned!

Answer with también or tampoco—or neither? Fill out the quiz to find out!

1. Me encanta la fiesta. (Agree)

Correct! Wrong!

2. No me gustan las manzanas. (Agree)

Correct! Wrong!

3. Mi tía trabaja mucho. (Agree)

Correct! Wrong!

4. Me gustan los animales. (Disagree)

Correct! Wrong!

5. No me gustan las personas groseras. (Disagree)

Correct! Wrong!

6. Vivo en Guatemala. (Disagree)

Correct! Wrong!

7. No duermo lo suficiente. (Disagree)

Correct! Wrong!

8. Me quedo aquí. (Agree)

Correct! Wrong!

9. Me gustan los aviones. (Agree)

Correct! Wrong!

10. No me fascinan las montañas. (Disagree)

Correct! Wrong!

También vs. Tampoco Quiz

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Tampoco vs Tambien: The Definitive Guide for Spanish Learners (2024)

FAQs

Tampoco vs Tambien: The Definitive Guide for Spanish Learners? ›

While también and tampoco both express agreement, this occurs in completely different scenarios. Both words function as adverbs, but their function differs in that: También expresses agreement with positive statements. Tampoco expresses agreement with negative statements.

When to use tambien vs tampoco? ›

As we are sure you already know, the word 'También' means 'also' or 'too' and is used pretty much in the same way as it is used in the English language. Likewise, the word 'Tampoco', which means 'neither' or 'either' has a similar role in Spanish as it does in English, except in its position in the sentence.

Can you put "también" at the end of a sentence? ›

See description examples, where it comes at the start or end of a sentence (unlike English). You could place “también” in any place as long as it does not cut-off a phrase: «También hay una piscina.» «Hay también una piscina.» «Hay una piscina también.» (Rather not *«Hay una también piscina.»)

When to use a Mi Tampoco? ›

In Spanish, we use yo también/yo tampoco/a mí también/a mí tampoco for "me too" or "me neither" (so do I, neither do I) as a response to something that someone has just said where we agree with them.

What are the rules for Tambien? ›

Both También and Tampoco are used when you are agreeing with what someone says or to show that you do the same thing or feel the same way.
  • We use también to show agreement with a positive statement.
  • We use tampoco to show agreement with a negative statement.
Apr 24, 2024

Where can I use Tampoco? ›

Tampoco is very similar to “neither” in English: we use it to mean that something is not true.

Is Tambien affirmative or negative? ›

Overview
Affirmative WordsNegative Words
siempre – alwaysnunca, jamás – never
alguna vez – evernunca, jamás – never
también – alsotampoco – neither
o … o, either … orni … ni – neither … nor
3 more rows
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Is Te Amo Tambien correct? ›

Te amo también.

I love you too.

Does también have an accent in Spanish? ›

Words ending in any other consonant are stressed on the last syllable. Nevertheless, there are a lot words with irregular stress - and this is where the Spanish accent marks will help you. Examples of this are "chófer" and "también".

When can you use Mucho Gusto? ›

Mucho Gusto

This phrase means “nice to meet you.” It is obviously used when you're meeting someone for the first time. It can be used in the beginning and the end of the conversation.

How to use ni and tampoco? ›

"Ni" is a conjunction which is often translated as "nor", and "tampoco" is an adverb which is often translated as "neither". Learn more about the difference between "ni" and "tampoco" below. No quiero ir al cine ni al museo esta noche. I don't want to go to the movies nor the museum tonight.

What does a mi tampoco me gusta mean? ›

Phrases. 1. Phrases. a mí tampoco me gusta. I don't like it, either.

When to use tampoco vs tambien? ›

While también and tampoco both express agreement, this occurs in completely different scenarios. Both words function as adverbs, but their function differs in that: También expresses agreement with positive statements. Tampoco expresses agreement with negative statements.

Is Yo Tambien correct? ›

“Yo también” means me too in a positive way. If you want to say it as a negative statement, “yo tampoco” would be more appropriate.

Can Tambien mean me too? ›

If you'd like to say “me too” in Spanish you can use “yo también.” There are times that you'll want to use “para mí también,” which translates to “and (for) me, too.” Let's take a look at a few examples: ¿Eres de Sacramento? ¡Yo también! / Are you from Sacramento? Me too!

When to use a mi tambien? ›

You use "a mi también" as a response when you want to say "me too" or "I also" in Spanish. This phrase is used to express agreement or similarity with what someone else has said. For example, if someone says "Me gusta el helado" (I like ice cream), you can respond with "A mi también" (Me too/I also).

When to use por vs para? ›

Por is used to express motion, transit, proximity, estimated durations, reasons, motives, and the means of achieving something. It is also used for prices, exchanges, rates, and multiplication. Para is used to indicate purposes, functions, destinations, deadlines, and recipients.

How do you know when to use Buen or Bueno? ›

Buen means 'good' and it always PRECEDES a masculine noun. Use it in expressions such as ¡Buen trabajo! or Es un buen amigo (He's a good friend). Bueno means 'good' as well, but it must be used AFTER the masculine noun it describes or after a verb.

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