In this video, I’m going to answer a question from a viewer named Rose. Rose asked, “What is the difference between “t-w-o” and “t-o?” I added a third word, “t-o-o.” “Two,” “to,” and “too” – what’s the difference?
Two, To, and Too Are Homophones
English pronunciation is pretty crazy. There’s a group of words called homophones. “Phones” means “sound,” and “homo” means “same,” so the word “homophones” means that these words sound the same. however, they’re spelled differently and have different meanings.
This is why it’s so important to actually listen to a lot of English, speak a lot of English, and immerse yourself in the sounds of real native English every day!
Let’s talk about how you actually say these words, and how the meanings are different. Be sure to repeat after me.
The Word “Two”
T-w-o (two) is the number 2.
For example, two people, two friends, two minutes, two lessons.
The Word “To”
T-o (to, same pronunciation) is the preposition “to.”
For example: I’m going to work. I’m going to study.
We don’t pronounce it as “to” unless we want to say something very dramatic, or maybe we are emphasizing the word “to” because someone didn’t hear it. Usually this word will become very short, almost just a “t” sound. Notice how I said “I’m going t’ work.” I don’t say, “I’m going to work.”
The Word “Too”
Now the third word, t-o-o, means “also.”
“You like chocolate? Me, too!”
“You like coffee? I love coffee, too!”
“Do you want to go drink coffee and eat chocolate cake? I would love to!”
When I say, “I would love to,” I’m actually using the preposition “to” – “I would love to eat cake and drink coffee.”
An Example With Two, To, and Too
I could also say, “I would love to, too!” meaning that I would love to drink coffee and eat cake also.
I would love to eat two slices of cake and drink two cups of coffee, too.”
Now I’m talking about the number 2, the preposition “to”,” and the word that means “also.” I hope that example is helpful, and that I haven’t confused you, because I almost confused myself there for a minute!
I encourage you to use these three words. They all sound the same, just the meanings and the spellings are different.
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Today we learned how to pronounce “two,” “to,” and “too” – they are pronounced the same! If you’d like to learn about another pair of homophones, “your” and “you’re,” click here! If you know of some other homophones, or if you have a question, leave it in the comments below. You can also visit my website at GoNaturalEnglish.com and leave your comment there.
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