Difference between: To, Too and Two

Difference between: To, Too and Two

Words that have the same pronunciation but different spellings and meanings are called homophones . Like ‘to’, ‘too’ and ‘two’. All three words are pronounced the same way but there is nothing else that is common between them except the pronunciation.

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.

From X to Y, here ‘To’ refers to the end point of a time period.


  • The office is open from 8.30am to 6.30pm.

It identifies the person or thing affected or receiving something.

  • I gave a present to my friend Preeti.

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

  • We waited for the traffic lights to change from red to green.

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)

  • Next year I want to spend six months in Europe.

It is used before an adjective or an adverb for reinforcement to mean ‘very’ or ‘more than’.

  • This dress is too big for me.

(too + adjective)
Can be used as an adverb to mean ‘also’ or ‘in addition’

  • She has been to Switzerland 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.

Only used as a number. Two = 2

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

Since these words are so different in their meanings, they may sound similar but they can also be used in a single sentence altogether.

  • It is too late to buy two bottles of water.
  • Don’t be too late, we have to go out for lunch at two.

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