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Use of Homophones


Homophones are words that are pronounced the same as another, but with different meanings or spellings such as:(bare and bear) --- (to, two, and two) --- (feat and feet) ---

To, Too, or Two

There seems to be more grammatical confusion between the words “to” and “too” than there is with the word “two.” To help understand the difference between this set of homophones, outlined below are definitions and examples of each:

To    –  *preposition  - (we went to school) or part of an *infinitive - (I asked her to go).

Too  –  also - (I enjoyed the concert too) or in excess (that is too much).

Two  –  number 2  -  (There were only two pieces left).  Other words in English which reflect the number two
are spelled with tw:  twice, twin, twenty,

  • *Preposition – a word used before a noun or pronoun to show its relationship with other words in a sentence as in (we went to school”)

  • *Infinitive – form of a verb:
     - that expresses action or existence; not showing tense, person or number; can usually be used as a noun; is usually identical with the first person singular present that performs some functions of a noun and at the
    same time displays some characteristics of a verb and is preceded by “to” as in (“I asked her to leave), or by
     - an auxiliary verb or other verb forms as in (“no one saw her leave”).

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