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Which of the following is correct?

I, too, have seen that movie.

or:

I too, have seen that movie.

The former seems correct to me from examining the inflection with which I would say it, but it looks a little awkward.

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Neither. The "standard" version would have no commas at all. Commas are there to indicate pauses in speech, which wouldn't exist in such an utterance. –  FumbleFingers Dec 12 '12 at 18:36
    
@FumbleFingers Wouldn't there be a pause after "too"? –  Asad Dec 12 '12 at 18:39
    
Not in normal English speech, no. I guess you could "artificially" introduce a pause, but I don't think you could justify using a comma to convey that in the written form. You'd need to use a bit of a workaround - for example, "I too", said John, "have seen that movie" –  FumbleFingers Dec 12 '12 at 18:45
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@tchrist: You speak from the American perspective, where commas are often used because some rule of grammar says they have to be. As it says here about the Harry Potter books, The American edition has quite a few more commas than the British. –  FumbleFingers Dec 12 '12 at 21:59
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@FumbleFingers - Perhaps it's also an Americanism, but there would be a pause in speech in that utterance (in my experience), which is why the comma there makes perfect sense. –  Lynn Oct 1 at 23:54

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You can write both

I too have seen that movie.

and

I, too, have seen that movie.

You can even write

I have seen that movie too.

and

I have seen that movie, too.

You cannot, however, write

I too, have seen that movie.

When an adverb is in the middle of the sentence, you have to either put two commas around it, or you have to avoid commas altogether. When you put the commas in, you indicate that that the adverb is a disjunct. The decision whether it is a disjunct or not is sometimes up to you. You can make it an adjunct (the opposite of disjunct) when you want to emphasize the connection of the adverb to the words around it, or a disjunct when you want to emphasize that it applies to the whole clause.

In many forms of writing you should probably avoid an overly "flowery" style. Of all the ways to write the sentence in question, in my opinion the

I have seen that movie too.

version is the most casual and closest to what one would say in most day to day situations. You should use the other forms if the situations calls for it. A fine nuance may be important when you write a novel, for example.

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It may go without saying, but if none of the options feel as if they are fitting well, then you could resort to using also or as well.

I have also seen that movie.

I have seen that movie as well.

In other cases, also could be found directly after I:

I also believe that movie was great.

After first trying to decide the best fitting way to use too within my sentences, I often find that one of the options I just mentioned feels more appropriate.

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