It’s common to mistake the use of “to” and “too.” Native speakers and English learners alike can fall victim to this issue. Luckily, that’s where this article comes in! We’ll help you to understand the differences by looking at how “too kind” works.
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Is It To Kind or Too Kind?
“Too kind” is correct, but “to kind” is not. Only one form works because it establishes a connection between the adverb (too) and the adjective (kind) to change the meaning of the adjective. “To” is a preposition. We cannot use prepositions to modify adjectives.
These examples should help you to figure it out:
- Correct: You’re far too kind to me! I wish there was something I could do to repay you.
- Incorrect: You’re being to kind. I can’t believe all these nice things you’re saying!
“Too” is an adverb, so it’s the only word you can use before “kind” to change its meaning. Adverbs frequently modify adjectives when we want to extend their meaning in some way.
Do not use “to” because it is a preposition. It does not follow any rules that allow it to work before words like “kind.”
“To kind” is never correct. You cannot use “to” to modify an adjective because it is only a preposition. While prepositions are very commonly used forms in English, they are not forms that are correct to modify an adjective or descriptive words.
- Correct: You’re too kind, really! I can’t believe you’ve managed to get all of this done for me without me having to ask.
- Incorrect: She’s to kind for her own good sometimes. I feel like someone has got to reward her for her efforts soon!
- Correct: Oh, you’re too kind! Thank you so much for the things you said about me in your speech!
- Incorrect: I don’t think you’re being to kind to him right now. Maybe you should try and find a better way to word your issues.
- Correct: Thank you all! You’re all being far too kind for someone like me! I appreciate all of your words, though!
- Incorrect: She’s to kind, I swear! She’s always doing such kind and caring things for the people around her.
“Too kind” is the only form you should use in your writing. It works because “too” modifies “kind” to show that someone is acting in such a nice way toward you or someone else that you don’t think it’s warranted or deserved.
“Too” is the only correct way to spell it when used as an adverb. “To” should not be used because it cannot modify an adjective.
- I think he’s too kind for his own good. He’s going to get taken advantage of if he’s not careful with it.
- You’re too kind! All of you! Thank you for being here to share this special day with me! I hope it’s as good for you as it is for me.
- You’re being too kind. I don’t deserve any of the praise you’re giving me. I haven’t earned it at all.
- Am I too kind? Somebody mentioned that I’m always being overly nice, but that’s just the way I was raised.
- He’s far too kind. I am worried that someone is going to take advantage of his good nature one day.
Why Do People Tend To Spell It Wrong?
Don’t fret too much if you’re consistently spelling the words wrong! Even native speakers fall at this hurdle sometimes. It’s common to get them wrong because “to” and “too” are so similar in pronunciation. It’s best to learn their spellings early so you can avoid this mistake.
How To Remember If The Correct Spelling Is “To Kind” or “Too Kind”
“Too” modifies adjectives by showing them as “an excessive amount.” “Too” also contains an extra “O” when compared with “to.” This “O” can be treated as an “excessive” vowel, which is a good tip that helps us to remember when to use “too” as an adverb with two “O’s.”
Don’t use “to kind” in any situation. Only “too kind” works, where “too” is the adverb that modifies the intensity of the meaning of “kind.” “To” is a preposition that makes no grammatical sense when you use it before an adjective to try and modify its meaning.