This too shall pass.

Would anyone help me to understand why in this common saying the "too" word is placed in the middle of the sentence? Referring to Wikipedia here.

This shall pass too.

Wouldn't it be more natural to place the "too" in the end of the clause, as it usually done?

Thank you!


Too in this sense (also, as well) refers to the subject of the sentence, so is placed immediately after it. This is a rather formal, literary usage. The Wikipedia article indicates that your phrase comes from literature. In everyday conversation you would probably say things like "Can I come too?" "I've got one too."


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