Career & Education

Pesky Homophones:

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Print this page Email A Friend!


The three words too, to and two sound exactly alike but have three distinct usages. They are classic examples of homophones — words that are pronounced the same but have different meanings and spellings. They often end up in the wrong spot in written language as a result of an over-eager spellcheck programme on your phone. Let's examine which one fits in the right spot.

Too

As an adverb, too is used to describe something that's “in addition, furthermore, moreover.” It's another way of saying “also” or “as well” but usually fits more naturally at the end of a sentence. For example, “If you're getting ice cream, I want some too!”

Another correct usage would be in describing “an excessive extent or degree; beyond what is desirable, fitting, or right”. So, you might be “too sick to travel” or “too tired to go for a run”.

To

As a preposition, to is used for “expressing motion or direction toward a point, person, place, or thing approached and reached (as opposed to from),” for example, “they came to the house”. Other uses include expressing direction or motion, a limit of movement or extension, expressing contact or continuity, and others. It can also be used as an adverb, as in “after he came to...”

Two

This should be the easiest of the trio. Two is a numerical value, so it's used accordingly (“the number after one and before three is two”). The definition also includes the phrasing in two, for when you're separating something into halves. “I split the log in two.”

— dictionary.com

ADVERTISEMENT




POST A COMMENT

HOUSE RULES

1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper � email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com.

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email: community@jamaicaobserver.com.

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy



comments powered by Disqus
ADVERTISEMENT

Poll

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon
ADVERTISEMENT