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When is it Correct to Use To vs. Too?

To is a preposition; too is mostly functions as an adverb; and two refers the the number.



“To”, “two”, and “too”

If it’s a burden to explain the difference between this commonly mistaken English grammar concept: to vs too vs two. Chances are, you may need to flex your grammar muscles.



When to use to, too and two

Part of speechExamples
too [adverb]They didn’t seem too interested in hearing what we had to say.
to [preposition] We went back to the original idea.
two [adj./quantity]It’s two in the morning! Why are you awake?

1. To is a preposition.

2. Too is mostly used as an adverb.  

3. Two is the number and quantity of having 1 + 1 = 2

May I have two of something: ‘Can I please have two minutes of silence?’ It may in fact take two minutes to undestand the difference between two, to, and too. Two is the easiest and most straightforward of the thrio (Merriam-Webster, thoughts on thrio?)  Let’s turn to too vs to. Next up!

What are prepositions?

Think of prepositions as this magic invisible tape that makes sentences make sense. You don’t really notice them in speech or conversation, but they’re everywhere, (everything, all at once… This is a fantastic film, by the way.)

Prepositions do more than simply glue parts of sentences togethers, they can also transform into other parts of speech. Prepositions are transformers, connectors and language wouldn’t be the same without them. Chances are that you will be familiar with most of these tiny two-letter words:

  • in
  • at
  • on
  • to
  • over
  • above
  • below
  • underneath
  • beneath
  • by
  • next to
  • near
  • inside

Read about other commonly confused words


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