To/Too/Two

What’s the difference between to, too and two?

To, too and two are spelled differently but pronounced the same, which means that many people often confuse them in written English — even native speakers have trouble. Keep reading to master the difference between these three troublesome words, then put your knowledge to the test in the free exercises.

Example

I’m going to the shop to buy an ice cream.

Would you like 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 common words in the English language.

Examples:
I’m going to the shop.
The shop closes at quarter to five.
Example:
I’m going to the shop to buy an ice-cream.

Too

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

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

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.

To learn more go to our section dedicated to numbers.