“Too good” or “to good?” That’s the question we’re exploring in this article. Only one form is grammatically correct, and it would help to know which one that is before you end up getting it wrong in your writing.
Is It To Good or Too Good?
“Too good” is the only correct form, and “to good” does not work. “Too” works before the adjective because it is an adverb that appropriately modifies the meaning of “good.” “To” can’t work because prepositions cannot modify adjectives in any particular way.
Some examples should help to clarify the major differences between the two:
- Correct: It’s too good to be true! I knew we weren’t going to get this delivered.
- Incorrect: I thought she was to good for me. That’s why I let her go.
“Too” is the correct form because it is an adverb. Adverbs are one of the only types of words that can modify adjectives like “Good.”
“To” is not an adverb, which is why we can’t use it. Instead, it’s a preposition, which is a common word in many cases, but it’s not common (or correct) before an adjective.
Do not use “to good” in any situation. It does not make sense for the preposition of “to” to come before “good.” Prepositions do not have the same modifying powers as adverbs like “too,” so it does not work to include “to good” in your writing.
- Correct: I never said you were too good at this! I know you could use some work, and I think it’s best if you remember that.
- Incorrect: She’s to good for him. I wish she would realize that sooner rather than later so she could come to me instead.
- Correct: It’s too good to be true! As much as I’d love for this to happen, I just don’t see how it could ever work.
- Incorrect: You’re making claims that are to good to be taken seriously. Nobody is going to trust you if you can’t deliver the promises.
- Correct: I think I’m too good to be stuck in a class like this. I need to get out before I end up stuck here for life!
- Incorrect: If you’re not to good for this, maybe you can find it in you to help us out.
“Too good” is the appropriate variation to use. You should only use “too” because it’s an adverb. Adverbs are capable of modifying adjectives like “good,” and “too” allows you to emphasize the original meaning of “good” when used in this way.
“Too good” means that something is almost excessively good. It’s so “good” that you feel like it’s too much to bear.
- You’re too good for me. I should have known that from the moment I met you, but I allowed myself to fall in love nonetheless.
- She’s too good to me. I wish I could do something to repay her for all the kindness she’s given me.
- I think you’re way too good for her! Don’t worry about meeting up with her later today. She doesn’t deserve a minute of your time.
- You’re too good at this job! Can you teach me how you learned to do all of this stuff so that I can work as hard as you?
- I think you’re too good at the sport for this level of play! You should definitely look into better opportunities out there.
Why Do People Tend To Spell It Wrong?
English natives and learners alike tend to spell “to” and “too” wrong for one simple reason. It all comes down to how similar the words sound when said aloud. You will find that they both sound identical to the number “two,” which causes confusion for many people.
How To Remember If The Correct Spelling Is “To Good” or “Too Good”
Let’s go through a quick tip that should help you to remember how “too” works going forward.
“Too good” is correct, and “too” means “to a great degree” or “excessively.” We also know that “too” has an extra “O” compared with “to,” which could be considered an “excessive” amount of “O’s.” That’s how you should always remember that “too” works but “to” doesn’t.
Only use “too good” when you are trying to emphasize the meaning of “good.” As an adjective, “good” is only modified when an adverb like “too” comes before it. “To good” makes no sense because prepositions cannot modify adjectives in any particular way.
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