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I'm an Idiot: To, Too and Two please

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KerryMum Tue 02-Sep-08 15:51:38

ds1 wants me to tell him when you use To or Too and my brain is not functioning. help!!!

littlerach Tue 02-Sep-08 15:52:32

Too is used like also.
Does that help?!!

KerryMum Tue 02-Sep-08 15:53:18

well I said "as well" but then he came up with an example like it is "too" wet and that doesn't work with that.

NomDePlume Tue 02-Sep-08 15:54:40

erm, yes it does.

"The weather is too wet" would be correct, wouldn't it ?!

"The weather is too wet to play outside."

NomDePlume Tue 02-Sep-08 15:55:29

Ohhhh, I see. Too in that sense does not mean 'also', i'M WITH YOU.

[plum emoticon]

KerryMum Tue 02-Sep-08 16:13:42

I better go ask the pedants

mrz Tue 02-Sep-08 16:25:15

to is the most common and can be used in different ways
with a verb such as "I think it is going to rain today"
or used in the sense of 'towards'.

"I walk to school every day."

Too is used with adverbs and adjectives in sentences like these:

"English grammar is too complicated for me."
"I'm not buying this; it is too expensive."


two is a number and should be written as a word never a 2 in a sentence.

newpup Tue 02-Sep-08 16:27:19

To - would be used as in I am going to the park. Also, I will give it to him.

Too - would be used as in there are too many sweets. Also, It is too cold outside.

Two is only used as the written form of the number two.

hope that helps! smile

Charliemama Tue 02-Sep-08 16:36:35

I always think of too as having too many o's (if that makes sense).

That helps me to remember it should be used for quantities being too much. See the examples already given. I extend this to include too cold (too much cold).

I hope that helps, it makes sense in my strange grammatical world. wink

Two is the number

to for everything else!!

combustiblelemon Tue 02-Sep-08 16:44:19

I'm going to buy some cheese.
I'm going to buy some nice ham too
I have bought too much nice ham.

If you are using too you should be able to substitute it with 'as well/also' OR it should mean excess e.g. too wet to play out side.

Otherwise use to

KerryMum Tue 02-Sep-08 18:15:17

thanks everyone.

I know which to use myself I'm just trying to translate it into a rule that ds1 can remember and use.

combustiblelemon Tue 02-Sep-08 18:53:21

I found this on the BBC site. It doesn't include 'too' as meaning excess, but does explain words that sound the same but have different meanings with a list, worksheets and a quiz. Unfortunately it does say that there isn't really a rule and that it's beat to just learn them.

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