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Difference: to, too, two

Difference between to, too and two

TO

Can be used as a preposition of movement or direction. It indicates the place you arrive at as a result of moving.

  • I will take a taxi to the airport.
  • We are going to the stadium tonight.
  • The train to Montreal leaves in twenty minutes.
  • What is the quickest way to the beach?

From X to Y: To refers to the end point of a time period.

  • The office is open from 8.30am to 6.30pm.
  • She works from 9 to 5.

Note: when we do NOT have the starting time, we use until.

  • Today I think I’ll only work until 5.

It identifies the person or thing affected or receiving something

  • I gave a present to my friend Paulina.
  • Can you give my keys to Jack?
  • They were not very nice to him.

Can be used to show a change of state, condition or quality

  • We waited for the traffic lights to change from red to green.
  • She tore the letter to pieces.

Can be used as the first part of an infinitive (To + Verb = Infinitive). Notice when two verbs are together, the second verb is in the infinitive form (except Modal verbs and To Be)

  • I need to study.
  • We want to help.
  • I need to pack my clothes.
  • To be or not to be.

TOO

Can be used before an adjective or an adverb for reinforcement to mean ‘very‘ or ‘more than…

  • This dress is too big for me. (too + adjective)
  • You are speaking too quickly; I cannot understand. (too + adverb)

Can be used as an adverb to mean ‘also’ or ‘in addition

  • Sell the house and furniture too. (= also)
  • I was very tired last night and my friend was too. (= also)

Too much and Too many refer to an excessive amount of something.

Too much (+ uncountable noun)
Too many (+ plural noun)

  • Sorry, I can’t go. I have too much work to do.
  • There were too many people in the room.
  • I have eaten too much. (= too much food)

TWO

Only used as a number. Two = 2

Examples:

  • There are two cars in the car park.
  • I have two arms and two legs.
  • I can speak two languages, English and Spanish.

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