Today is all about some commonly mixed-up words: too and to.
To is a word that's used with locations AND with indirect objects, as well as infinitives.
Location: I went to the store. I drove to the park. I flew to Miami. You turned to face me.
Indirect objects: I gave the book to you. He brought the vase to his mother. She looked to her mother for permission.
Infinitives: You want to read this blog.
Too means also, as well; it can also be used as a modifier that indicates excessive, exceeding.
Are you coming too? I know him too!
I ate too many cookies. He drove too fast.
Typically, people know the difference between to and too, but sometimes run into trouble on the spelling. So here's your tip:
Too has too many OOs, just like its meaning of excess, too many.
And just in case you ever mix it up with the number 2 (two), just remember: most numbers are spelled in ways that don't make phonetic sense in modern English.
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