Did you eat ‘to much’ candy or ‘too much’ candy? What’s the difference between the two? We’ll cover that in this article, plus teach you how to use both phrases correctly in a sentence.
The quick answer is that ‘to much’ is generally not used very often, and ‘too much’ is used to mean excessive or excessively.
The difference between the two is that ‘to much’ is usually not used. However, ‘too much’ is used to mean excessive or excessively, as you just learned.
People often confuse these homophones because they all sound the same. But they all mean different things.
‘To’ is used as a function word to:
‘Too’ means: “besides, also,” “to an excessive degree: excessively,” “to such a degree as to be regrettable,” “very,” and “so.”
‘Two’ means more than one, the second.
We’ve already looked at the meaning of ‘too,’ so let’s define ‘much.’
The Merriam-Webster definition of ‘much’ is: “great in quantity, amount, extent, or degree,” “great in importance or significance,” “many in number,” and “more than is expected or acceptable: more than enough.”
The adverb form of the word can be defined as: “to a great degree or extent: considerably,” “very,” “frequently, often,” “by or for a long time,” “by far,” and “nearly, approximately.”
As a noun, it’s defined as: “a great quantity, amount, extent, or degree” and “something considerable.”
Now that we know the meaning of the words, we can look at how to use them in a sentence correctly.
Check out a few examples.
Now, let’s see some examples of the rare occasions it would be acceptable to use ‘to much.’
Now that we know what the words mean and how to use them in a sentence, you should have no issues using them in your everyday writing.
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