It’s Monday morning, it’s cold outside, and I thought I’d ease you into the week by taking you back to basics; let’s talk about two, too and to.
These three little words can ruin or make a sentence, which in turn means they have the potential to make the writer look grammatically intelligent or grammatically ignorant. If you want to be seen as grammatically intelligent then read on.
Firstly the ‘two’ with the w is the number 2. To help you remember: the w makes this version the odd one out, and is thus the number. The versions without a w are words.
The word ‘too’ has two meanings. Firstly, it can loosely be replaced by the words ‘as well’ or ‘also’, so if in doubt read the sentence you have written, replacing the word ‘too’ with the words ‘as well’ or ‘also’. If it makes sense then you’ve got it right. As an example, “I love you too” can be written as “I love you as well”, although clearly that doesn’t sound quite so nice! Its second meaning is to describe an excess of something, e.g. “I have eaten too much”, or “I have too many shoes”. To help you remember this one, the excessive meaning reflects the excess letter o at the end of the word.
The word ‘to’ with just one letter o is a preposition which, in its simplest terms, refers to where something or someone is, for example, “I’m going to school” or “We went to the museum”. There are many uses of the word to, and if in doubt and all of the other rules fail to apply then it’s likely that the one ‘o’ is the way forward.
If you have any queries about which to use, please just send me a message and I’ll help you out!
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