Introduction to the KISS Grammar Workbooks

Notes for
Writing Sentences with "To" and "Too"

Instructional Overhead Exercise L2.1.1 "To"

Because this is a writing exercise, and because it addresses a major problem for some students, it is in the following grade-level books

G3 G4; IG4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9 G10 G11

     "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.