The words “to,” “too,” and “two” are homophones, which are words that sound the same but have different meanings. Some homophones also have the same spellings, such as the word “bear.” The word “bear” can mean the animal or it can mean to “bear” something, as in to withstand or carry, such as “It is your cross to bear.” In the case of the homophones “to,” “too,” and “two,” the words have different spellings and different meanings.
Difference Between "Two," "Too" and "To"
The word "Two" is a number, as in "Two plus two equals four. The word "too'' can mean ''in excess'' and can mean "also," or ''as well'' or ''along with'' or ''in addition to something.'' For example, the sentences, “This pudding is too sweet” and “I want to come to the party, too” are examples of the word “too.” The word “to” has two different meanings. You can use the word "to" as a preposition, as in the sentence, “I want to give this gift to you;” or it you can use it as an infinitive before a verb, such as in the sentence, “I want to run around the room."
All Three in One Sentence
You can use all three words in one sentence. Although each word sounds the same as the others, each has a totally different meaning from the others. For example: “Two nights ago, I came over to your house to eat ice cream, but I had too much sugar, which made me feel sick.”
Bonnie Crowe is a mother of two teenagers; a teacher and author of children's books, curriculum and articles on English grammar, literature, technology, art, parenting and career guides for high schoolers. She's a former director of AOL Parenting, a member of SCBWI, and a graduate from the University of California,Berkeley.