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hello grammarians today we're gonna talk about the confusion that happens between these three homophones these three words that sound exactly the same the preposition to the number two and the adverb to now these words all sound very similar in fact they sound exactly the same if I were going to write this out phonetically here's what I would do that's how you'd write it in the international phonetic alphabet for every pronunciation you say that word - you say that word - you said that word - if you were looking this up in a dictionary that's how you would render this spelling phonetically that's the sound of those words they all sound exactly the same so what we need to do is come up with a way to keep them all separate and the way I'm going to do that is with the Prince of foods the pizza let's just call that a pizza now to tio is a preposition and so that means that it's expressing some kind of relationship in time and space in this case we can say one of its many many meanings is that it means it's moving towards something so for example I am headed to Franks Arizona's pizzeria right so we can see in context this is intentional it's in motion and that's why we'd want to use a preposition where am I going - Frank's Arizona's pizzeria next TW Bo also pronounced - you're welcome is a number it's this thing so we'd use this mostly as an adjective to describe how many things there are so I would say at the pizzeria I ordered two pizzas and ate them by myself right so when we're talking about the number of things you want to use t wo and finally we have t oo - which is an adverb and it can either mean an overabundance of something or also let me give you examples for both of those cases so example case number one the excessive amount I ate too much pizza I feel awful now some of you may take issue with that because you don't believe that there is such a thing as too much pizza I understand so that's that's our excessive amount that's that's just you know mountains and mountains of Pizza more than one person can or should reasonably eat that's that's that definition and then there is the in addition or also meaning so my sister wanted pizza too but because of my greed she did not get me sorry Julie all I made her cry so in order to keep these three very similar sounding words straight here's what you need to remember to Teo is a preposition that means towards something I am headed to Franks Arizona's pizzeria TW o the number two is a number so you'd say I ordered two pizzas finally t oo the adverb means either there's an overabundance there's too much or in addition my sister wanted pizza - so grammarians I say unto you remember the pizza you can learn anything David out