To/Too/Two

Introduction

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?

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To

To is one of the most frequetly occuring words in the English language.

  • use to as a preposition of time or movement
Example:
I’m going to the shop.
The shop closes at quarter to five.
  • use to before verbs to form infinitives
Example:
I’m going to the shop to buy an ice-cream.

For more information see: Prepositions or Infinitives

Too

Too is an adverb. It has a few different meanings:

  • too = more that needed, more than wished for
Example:
Eating too much ice-cream is bad for you.
  • too = very
Example:
Thank for the ice-cream. You’re too kind!
  • too = also, as well, in addition to
Example:
Would you like an ice-cream too?

To find out more about adverbs see: Adverbs

Two

Two is the number 2, it comes between 1 and 3.

Example:
I’m going to get two scoops of ice-cream, one chocolate and one strawberry.

For more information about numbers see: Numbers