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To vs. Too vs. Two

Hayley Milliman
Content Lead
Published Apr 20, 2018

To VS. Too VS. Two

To. Too. Two.

These three pesky little words can cause a lot of grief for writers trying to polish pieces and grammar sticklers weeding through the online comments sections. When you're in your writing groove, it can be easy to mistake which form to use, which is another reason why you should use ProWritingAid to check your work before you send it off to your editor or a client.

Here's a brief explanation of when and how to use each of the three forms.

Contents:
  1. When to use to
  2. When to use too
  3. When to use two
  4. Expert tip

When to use to

"To" is a preposition which indicates a direction toward something.

Consider these examples:

  • The dog ran to her owner's side.
  • He went to the store.

"To" can also be used with a verb to create an infinitive.

Consider these examples:

  • They loved to dance.
  • She wanted to see the market.

When to use too

The word "too" is an adverb which is often used to mean also (or in addition to).

  • She'll have the lobster, too.
  • He wanted to get a promotion, too.

"Too" can also be used to indicate excess.

  • The dish was too spicy for me.
  • The young puppy had too much energy.

When to use two

"Two" is the number between one and three.

Consider these examples:

  • There were two people at the restaurant.
  • The two runners moved side-by-side around the track.

Expert tip

If you're trying to decide between using "to" or "too," ask yourself what how the word is being used. If you're using the word as an adverb, you'll want to use "too." You can remember that because there's an extra "o" in the form of "too" that indicates excess or addition.

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Hayley Milliman
Content Lead

Hayley is thrilled to be ProWritingAid's Content Lead, as it gives her an excuse to think deeply about words every single day. Prior to joining ProWritingAid, Hayley spent a number of years as an elementary school teacher, which was a crash course in learning how to entertain an indifferent audience. These days, she puts her storytelling skills to use writing blog articles and working on her first novel.

When Hayley isn't hunched over her keyboard, you can find her figure skating at the ice rink, hiking with her dog, or profusely sweating at the Muay Thai gym.

She is the co-author of the book Museum Hack's Guide to History's Fiercest Females (which was an Amazon bestseller) and How to Build Your Author Platform on a Shoestring.