To, Too, Two

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To, Too, Two

“We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity, more than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost.” –Charlie Chaplin

To, too, two sound alike (homophones) but they have completely different meanings, and have a key role in a sentence especially for ‘to’ and ‘too’ and homophones belongs to a different part of speech. Their usage, to and too, varies considerably.

To is a preposition: ‘to’ means in the direction of and reaching; as far as; to the extent of, up to that extent or point.

Where are you going? I am going to cybersphere.

Too is an adverb: ‘too’ means in addition, as well; besides; also; more than enough; superfluously; overly; to a regrettable extent; extremely

Two functions as an adjective and as the number 2.

There are people who have two jobs.

The two of you, and you too should not miss my birthday party scheduled to take place at Gymkhana Club, at any cost, said the Colonel to his subordinates.

To is a preposition. To indicates a direction, motion (he walked to and fro) including physical distance, abstract distance, and distance in time (the best time to be out is at sunrise and at sunset).

 Brave people change jobs when they are tired of working from 9 to 5.

To means toward.

To is one of those two-lettered word in English language like the common prepositions: in, on, of, by, as, at, up (There are about 150 prepositions in English language).

I went to study in New Delhi, and worked in Kolkata and Mumbai, now retired and living in Chennai.

The cricket team went to Bengaluru to play inter-collegiate championship in Agartala the capital of Tripura in northeastern India.

To is commonly used to form the infinitive: to tell the truth, to go there, to get it…and as a preposition expressing movement towards something like: they went to play cricket.

Two is a noun: a numeral, a word that stands for the number 2.

You two, too (emphasis), should attend my wedding.

In politics two plus two (2+2 + 2) could also be two or twenty two, not numerically but in political parlance.

Who invented two? We know that India claims to have invented zero though the country is unaware of the inventor, and also its source.

How many twos are there in twenty-two thousand and two hundred and twenty-two?

Two is the number that follows one or preceded by one, and succeeded by three.

Too is an adverb. Too means to an excessive extentmore than should be; very, excessively, overly, and also; too shows an extensive degree ( I like you, too much!)

I too was there! (emphasis).

Are you visiting him? I too (also).

Are there too many confusing words (an excessive extent).

He smoked too much, and eventually died of cancer caused as a result of smoking.

Doctors say there is no too much or too little in smoking: smoking is bad.

The couple drank too much at the party, and sensibly took a taxi to get home rather than to drive in their own car; the two went to a party that lasted until late in to the night.