"To" vs. "Too" vs. "Two" in the English grammar

To vs. Too vs. Two

'To,' 'too', and 'two' are three commonly used words in English which have the same pronunciation. They are widely confused. We will learn their differences.

"To" vs. "Too" vs. "Two" in the English grammar

What is Their Main Difference?

'To,' 'too,' and 'two' are commonly mistaken by learners and even native speakers. These three words are homophones and are pronounced as [tuː] but they are different in every other case. 'To' is a preposition of direction and movement, 'too' is a an adverb, and 'two' is a number.

To

'To' has many uses in the English language and is one of the most common words. Here is a handpicked list of 'to' and its uses:

  • We use 'to' as a preposition to show that there is action, movement, and direction.

She moved to another city.

They are going to the hospital.

  • We also use 'to' as an identifier for 'relationships' and 'attachments.'

Harry is engaged to Meghan.

He is a close person to her.

The tv is attached to the wall.

  • We also use 'to' as an infinitive marker to create infinitive form of a verb.

They plan to perform tonight.

She seemed to have been crying.

Too

'Too' has two main functions:

  • 'Too' is an adverb that can be used to mean 'also' and 'as well.'

Is she coming too?

I'm sure about what I witnessed, Luke saw it too.

  • 'Too' as an adverb can also be used 'to a higher degree' and 'very.'

I can't eat this, it's too smelly.

You are driving too fast.

Two

'Two' is perhaps the easiest of the three. 'Two' is a number that is one more than one in number.

I bought two of them.

He is two years old.

Tip!

'To' and 'too' are not interchangeable. Using them instead of each other may confuse the audience since it completely changes the meaning of the sentence.

Tom is going to.

Here, the subject is going to do something in the future.

Tom is going too.

Here, the subject is going somewhere with other people.

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