'To' vs 'Too' vs 'Two': What's the Difference?

By Shanea Patterson, updated on March 14, 2023

The words ‘to,’ ‘too,’ and ‘two’ all sound the same, but what’s the difference between them? We’ll go over that in this article, plus teach you how to use all of these words correctly in a sentence. You’ll also learn how to pronounce them.

In short, the difference is:

  • ‘To’ is a preposition, and it has several meanings. It could mean toward, until,
  • ‘Too’ is an adverb, and it means also or excessively.
  • ‘Two’ is a noun and refers to the number two.

Each of these words sounds the same but means different things, making them homophones. That means they can’t be used interchangeably.

‘To’ vs. ‘Too’ – What’s the Difference?

Have you seen both ‘to’ and ‘two’ and wondered what the difference is between them?

Well, they might sound the same, but ‘to’ has several meanings, all of which differ from the definition of ‘too.’

‘To’ is used to indicate a direction, contact, proximity, movement, or action.

‘Too’ means also, besides, or excessively.

These homophones might be tricky to remember, but it’s necessary if you want your writing to be grammatical.

‘To’ vs. ‘Too’ vs. ‘Two’ – Two Ways to Remember the Difference 

It can be tough trying to remember the difference between three words that sound completely the same.

But there are ways to remember the difference.

  • For example, remember that the word ‘two’ represents the number two, and you’d say the word ‘double’ when you pronounce the letter ‘w.’ Two = double.
  • Another way to remember is ‘to’ means ‘to-ward.’

Definition of ‘To’: What Does ‘To’ Mean?

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines ‘to’ as:

  • Used as a function word to indicate movement or an action or condition suggestive of movement toward a place, person, or thing reached.

It could also mean:

  • Used as a function word to indicate a direction, contact, proximity, the place or point that is the far limit, the limit of extent, or a relative person.
  • Used as a function word to indicate purpose, intention, tendency, result, or end
  • Indicator of the result of an action or a process
  • Indicator of position or relation in time, such as before or until
  • Indicator of addiction, attachment, connection, belonging, possession, or response
  • Indicator of the extent or degree
  • Indicator of the last or an immediate point of a series
  • Indicator of similarity, correspondence, dissimilarity, or proportion
  • Indicator of agreement or conformity
  • Indicator of a proportion in terms of numbers or quantities
  • Close to the wind
  • To a state of consciousness or awareness
  • Into contact, especially with the frame
  • At hand (by)

Synonyms of the word include:

  • Afore (chiefly dialect)
  • Ere
  • Of
  • Ahead Of
  • Fore (chiefly dialect)
  • Previous to
  • Before
  • Fore
  • Prior To

Definition of ‘Too’: What Does ‘Too’ Mean? 

The same dictionary defines ‘too’ as:

  • Besides and also.

It could also mean:

  • To an excessive degree (excessively)
  • To such a degree as to be regrettable
  • Very
  • So

Synonyms of the word include:

  • Devilishly
  • Inordinately
  • Overly
  • Unduly
  • Excessively
  • Intolerably
  • Overmuch
  • Exorbitantly
  • Monstrously
  • Unacceptably

Definition of ‘Two’: What Does ‘Two’ Mean?

The definition of ‘two’ is:

  • Being one more than one in number.

It could also mean:

  • Being the second (used postpositively)
  • Two countable individuals not specified
  • A small approximate number of indicated things
  • A number that is more than one
  • The second in a set or series
  • A $2 bill
  • Something having two units or members

Pronunciation: How to Pronounce ‘To,’ ‘Too,’ and ‘Two’

Are you unsure of how to pronounce these words? Here’s a short guide.

To pronounce all of these words correctly, here’s the phonetic spelling:


How to Use ‘To,’ ‘Too,’ and ‘Two’ in a Sentence

Since we know what each word means now and we can pronounce them all correctly, let’s see some examples of how to use them in a sentence correctly.


  • ‘Let’s Go To the Mall’ is a hilarious song in the show How I Met Your Mother. Robin Sparkles’ character is pure comedy gold.
  • We have to go to our organization’s quarterly review meeting, which I really don’t want to attend. It’s going to be just as boring as it is every single year. Shoot me now.
  • I don’t want to talk to you, Kate. We’re over, and there’s never going to be another relationship between us. I’m moving on.
  • Celebrity fans always come to the rescue of their beloved Queens, whether it’s Beyonce, Cardi, Ariana, or Nicki.
  • Let’s just go to the movie theater this weekend. We can see that movie you’ve been dying to see.


  • That’s too much money for him, Paul. He’ll blow the whole $1,000 on the weekend and have none left for the week. I think you should give him $250 instead.
  • We have too many deer in our front yard every morning. They come and eat from our berry bush and then go on their merry way.
  • We have too many painful memories between us. I think we should call it quits and end the relationship before either of us gets hurt anymore.
  • We bought way too much paint for this tiny room. But I guess that means we’ll have more for another room.
  • I hate when my boyfriend responds with, ‘okie dokie.’ It makes me want to kick him. I wish he’d just say ‘okay’ like a normal person.


  • My top two favorite TV shows are Insecure and Game of Thrones. They’re so different, but I usually like a little bit of everything.
  • We literally have two minutes to get to school, and you’re taking your sweet
  • There are two different colors to choose from. We have red, and we have blue. Take your pick but choose wisely.
  • There were two flies that just wouldn’t leave me alone as I worked on my patio. I’m thinking of getting one of those bug zappers because it’s getting really annoying.
  • We have two more people to interview for the administrative assistant position. Can I see the candidate files so we can review them one more time before we see them?

Final Advice on ‘To,’ ‘Too,’ and ‘Two’

To recap, we learned the following:

  • ‘To’ is a preposition with more than one meaning. It could mean toward, until,
  • ‘Too’ is an adverb that means also or excessively.
  • ‘Two’ is a noun that refers to the number two or something more than one.

Each of these words sounds the same but means different things, making them homophones. That means they can’t be used interchangeably.

If you ever get stuck on anything, feel free to come back and review what you learned. We’ve also got a whole library of content on other confusing words and phrases that people often have trouble with while learning the language. Go check it out anytime.

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Written By:
Shanea Patterson
Shanea Patterson is a writer based in New York and loves writing for brands big and small. She has a master's degree in professional writing from New York University and a bachelor's degree in English from Mercy College.

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