Common writing errors: Two / Too / To

Common writing errors: Two / Too / To

Sometimes mistaken and sometimes just misinterpreted.
  • Two is the number that most people get right
  • Too means also or overly.
    You like the barbecue sauce, and I do too.
    I ate too many burgers.
    These trousers are too big.
    (Well, maybe not, after all those French fries.)
  • To means well everything else, according to Webster’s dictionary, to has over 20 usages. To give some ideas please see below:
    1. (used for expressing motion or direction toward a point, person, place, or thing approached and reached, as opposed to from ): They came to the house.
    2. (used for expressing direction or motion or direction toward something) in the direction of; toward: from north to south.
    3. (used for expressing limit of movement or extension): He grew to six feet.
    4. (used for expressing contact or contiguity) on; against; beside; upon: a right uppercut to the jaw; Apply varnish to the surface.
    5. (used for expressing a point of limit in time) before; until: to this day; It is ten minutes to six. We work from nine to five.
It’s also part of the famous line: To be, or not to be.
Which two/too/to is the correct one in any given situation? Well I could say “that is the question!”

The above is part of the Tips and Tricks section for CV writing on Comoto.