to, too, two

The words to, too, two sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. Why do to, too, two sound the same even though they are completely different words?

The answer is simple: to, too, two are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: preposition

    In front of: stood face to face.

  2. :: preposition

    In a direction toward so as to reach: went to the city.

  3. :: preposition

    Towards: turned to me.

  4. :: preposition

    Reaching as far as: The ocean water was clear all the way to the bottom.

  1. :: adverb

    In addition; also: He's coming along too.

  2. :: adverb

    More than enough; excessively: She worries too much.

  3. :: adverb

    To a regrettable degree: My error was all too apparent.

  4. :: adverb

    Very; extremely; immensely: He's only too willing to be of service.

  1. :: noun

    The cardinal number equal to the sum of 1 + 1.

  2. :: noun

    The second in a set or sequence.

  3. :: noun

    Something having two parts, units, or members, especially a playing card, the face of a die, or a domino with two pips.

  4. :: noun

    A two-dollar bill.

Definitions from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition and Wordnik.

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About Homophones

Homophones (literally "same sound") are usually defined as words that share the same pronunciation, regardless of how they are spelled.

If they are spelled the same then they are also homographs (and homonyms); if they are spelled differently then they are also heterographs (literally "different writing").