Too, To and Two


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For the last video in the Grammar Teacher series, I had to discuss the difference between the words too, to and two. Too often, people are either too lazy (or just don’t care) to use these words properly when writing. How hard is it? And by the way – these videos were done at the request of viewers. That must mean they have several people they want to send these to!

Too is an adverb which means in addition to. It can be used in a sentence to indicate more than one thing: I am going to the mall, too..

To is a preposition, used for expressing motion or direction toward a point, person, place, or thing approached and reached, as opposed to from. I am going to the mall later today.

Two is a number! It comes after the number one, and before the number three! Some of you write as though you are still two years old.

It’s not rocket science.

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7 thoughts on “Too, To and Two”

  1. “Too” pertains to more, because there is an extra “O”. “Two” pertains to the number because some times “Two is too many!”
    That rules out the last “To”

  2. A hearty “THANK YOU”, Chris! It’s nice to see someone taking a stand against the dumbing-down of Cyberspace.

  3. For a community supposedly familiar with code and the importance of syntax and code “grammar”, we might suppose code geeks also understand the importance of good English.

    At least, they should give grammar its due in spoken discourse the same way some drool over sophisticated programming techniques.

    Good writing and good coding are not merely Good Housekeeping concepts– optional, at best. Just as good code crashes, so we edge away from the redneck who speaks like one (and more than likely) thinks like one.

    Not that there is anything wrong with rednecks, right?

  4. REEDIT of submission– Bob Greene

    RE: “good code crashes” should be “bad code crashes”.

    Below is the post, as intended–

    For a community supposedly familiar with code and the importance of syntax and code “grammar”, we might suppose code geeks also understand the importance of good English.

    At least, they should give grammar its due in spoken discourse the same way some drool over sophisticated programming techniques.

    Good writing and good coding are not merely Good Housekeeping concepts– optional, at best. Just as bad code crashes, so we edge away from the redneck who speaks like one (and more than likely) thinks like one.

    Not that there is anything wrong with rednecks, right?

  5. People who say anythink instead of anything.
    People who say the letter H incorrectly. It’s aitch not haitch.

  6. If Chris continues this series, I hope he covers the differences between ‘effect’ and ‘affect’ …..

    though I speak four languages, I still can’t figure this one out w/any certainty?

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