To, too and two are spellt differently but pronounced the same. People often confuse them in written English and even native speakers have trouble. Here we explain when to use to, too and two in English.
I’m going to the shop to buy an ice-cream.
Would you one too?
Even though I know that too much ice-cream is bad for you, I’m going to get two scoops.
How about you?
To is one of the most frequetly occuring words in the English language.
- use to as a preposition of time or movement
- I’m going to the shop.
- The shop closes at quarter to five.
- use to before verbs to form infinitives
- I’m going to the shop to buy an ice-cream.
Too is an adverb. It has a few different meanings:
- too = more that needed, more than wished for
- Eating too much ice-cream is bad for you.
- too = very
- Thank for the ice-cream. You’re too kind!
- too = also, as well, in addition to
- Would you like an ice-cream too?
To find out more about adverbs see: Adverbs
Two is the number 2, it comes between 1 and 3.
- I’m going to get two scoops of ice-cream, one chocolate and one strawberry.
For more information about numbers see: Numbers