Despite being pronounced the same, to, too and two are all absolutely different words with different usage and meaning. So, what is the difference between them? Continue the lesson to learn about their difference and usage.
When to Use To
To has Two functions:
Firstly it can be used as a preposition, in that case, it always comes before a noun. For example,
- Yesterday, we went to the mall.
- It was my first trip to Lahore.
- Anna wanted to go to the zoo.
- I returned John’s laptop to his mother.
Notice that in all the above example to came before a noun ( mall, Lahore, zoo, and mother).
Secondly, it can be used to indicate an infinitive when it is used before a verb. For example,
- I need to work.
- We want to help.
- She asked me to leave.
- I need to dress up.
All the verbs coming after to are infinitives.
When to Use Too
Too also has two uses. Firstly, it is used as a synonym of “also”. For example,
- Sarah will be coming along too.
- Harry worked on that project too.
- I would like to come too.
Secondly, two means excessive. In that case, too always precedes an adjective or adverb.
- Dessert is too delicious.
- She is too polite.
- He said he ate too much.
When to Use Two
Two is the easiest among the three because it has a distinctive “tw” which easily fits in twice and twenty, just for remembrance. Two is a number. For example,
- She has two daughters.
- Two comes before three.
- Every human has two eyes.
- Her daughter is in class two.
Remembering the Difference in Table
i. as a preposition
ii. as an indicative of infinitive.
i. as a synonym of “also”
ii. to indicate excess.
|It is a number.|