Too far to Tooting?

When do you use ”to’ or ‘too’?

How do you remember whether to use ‘to’ or ‘too’ in a sentence?

It’s a common mistake made by many, but one that is easily avoided if you remember a few simple rules.

To‘ is a going word. It implies motion whether physical or metaphorical. From one place to another or from one state to another: “We are going to Tooting”; “His mood swung from bad to good”. ‘To’ can also be a connecting word, as in, “He was handcuffed to the policeman”.


To a place/somewhere (We’re going to the cinema)

To a thing (Handcuffed to a pillar)

To a person (That was an awful thing you did to her)

To a feeling (From one feeling to another)

Too‘ is used to increase something, whether the thing itself or the meaning of something: “There’s too much porridge on my plate”; “No job too big”. It implies excessiveness.

It is also used to add something to a statement, sometimes in place of ‘as well’: “Jane is coming too“.

I always remember that the more letter Os there are in the word, the more it is a more word, an increased thing.


Too little too late

Too far to go

I’ve got too much

It’s too hard

How do you remember which to/too to use? Have you ever got it spectacularly wrong?

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