To, too and two. What do these three words have in common?
Answer: They are homophones – meaning that, although sounding the same, they have different meanings, origins or spellings.
These common words are sometimes confused with each other. To clear things up so mistakes aren’t made too often, we’ve written a two-minute guide to teach you how to use a homophone:
* To: Has three meanings. First, (as a preposition) it expresses movement or direction towards a place or condition: ‘She’s going to the café’, or ‘He was driven to madness’. Second, it is an infinitive marker with verbs: ‘Children like to play’. As an infinitive marker, it can also take the place of a missing verb, if it is obvious what that verb should be: ‘He was asked to play the piano that evening, but he decided not to.’
* Two: Has one meaning: The word form of the number 2.
* Too: Has two meanings. First, it means ‘as well’ or ‘also’: ‘Can I come too?’ It’s second meaning is an excessive value or amount of something: ‘Santa ate too many mince pies again this year.’
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