Saturday, September 15, 2012

To vs. Too vs. Two: Typo Waiting to Happen

It cracks me up when people rant about grammar goofs on Twitter. Yesterday @lookitslehaha called out her local TV station on both Twitter and Instagram:
Nice grammar, channel 7. Where is this "far?"
Oh, snap! That Leah is quick and funny.

To, too and two are homophones, words that sound the same but are spelled differently. We use these little words all the time, so if we are not careful, they can easily become typo fodder.

Where does Channel 7 go wrong? The caption reads: Are auxiliary officers going to far? By mistakenly using the preposition to, the writer implies that the officers are going toward a place called 'far'.

Quick rules: 
  • To is a preposition whose primary meaning indicates direction or movement toward something else. I'm going to the store. Take me out to the ball game.
  • Too is an adverb. In this context, it means 'excessively'. It is too hot in Texas.
  • Two is the number that comes after one. I have two dogs and one cat. I included this last one because people tend to confuse or misspell all three homophones.

  • Are auxiliary officers going too far?