Writing Sentences with "To" and "Too"
Because this is a writing exercise, and because it addresses a major
problem for some students, it is in the following grade-level books
"To" presents students with an additional
problem in that they confuse it with "too." As the instructional overhead
explains, this results in errors that are readily noted by most readers,
not because they are "errors," but because they lead the reader to expect
something that does not appear ("Samantha wanted to go to.") or hit the
reader with a "what" when the reader does not expect it ("Samantha wanted
to go too the park.")
Some teachers claim that this is not a
serious error, and that may be true. But the differences between "to" and
"too" are not that difficult to understand. Thus, people who regularly
use these words incorrectly give the impression of being either uneducated
or lazy. As I tell my college Freshmen, misspellings of "to" and "too"
have, and will continue to, make the difference between an A or a B (or
a B and a C) on papers, not just in my English class, but also in papers
for any other course. The errors are very noticeable, and they give the
instructor the impression that the writer is not very careful or concerned
with the paper.