Three of the shortest words in the English language. So simple and yet they will trip you up, if they are used incorrectly. Because they sound alike.
1st is To. To is a preposition, it can be used with nouns, pronouns, and verbs. We go to the stadium to see the football game. We forgot to bring our blanket, we were cold.
2nd is Too. This word can be used in multiple ways also. You ate too much ice cream. I want some ice cream too. The first example deals with the concept of excess, the second is like saying also.
3rd is Two. While not often mixed up with the first pair of homonyms, it is subject to typographical errors, as they all are. An easy way to remember for my numerically challenged friends is the letter “w”. It is used in other words dealing with numbers like twice, and twenty.
Perhaps this tip will help: when in doubt, try reading the section aloud; unless you are in a library, then reading aloud is not allowed. Oops, two more homonyms.
Thanks to my friend Ev Valle, of Valle Translations, for suggesting this trio of homonyms.