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noun
a cardinal number, 1 plus 1.
a symbol for this number, as 2 or II.
a set of this many persons or things.
a playing card, die face, or half of a domino face with two pips.
adjective
amounting to two in number.
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Idioms about two

    in two, into two separate parts, as halves: A bolt of lightning split the tree in two.
    put two and two together, to draw a correct conclusion from the given circumstances; infer: It didn't require a great mind to put two and two together.

Origin of two

before 900; Middle English; Old English twā (feminine and neuter; cf. twain); cognate with German zwei; compare Latin duo,Greek dýo

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH two

to, too, two
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TWO VS. TO VS. TOO

What's the difference between twoto, and too?

Two is the number equal to one plus one. To is a very common word that performs many different functions, such as expressing direction (I’m driving to the office) or contact (Pin it to the wall), indicating an object or recipient (Give it to me), or setting a range (9 to 5) or limit (These go to 11). Too means also (I’m going, too) or to an excessive degree (too much).

The words are used in very different ways: two is a number that can be used as a noun or an adjective, to is most commonly used as a preposition, and too is an adverb.

Perhaps the most common mistake involving the three words is using to when it should be too, or vice versa. Remember, if you mean to, don’t use too many o’s!

Here’s an example of two, to, and too used correctly in the same sentence.

Example: The dealer dealt two twos to me, but it was two twos too few—my opponent had a full house!

Want to learn more? Read the full breakdown of the difference between two, to, and too.

Quiz yourself on two vs. to vs. too!

Should two, to, or too be used in the following sentence?

I ordered _____ pizzas.

How to use two in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for two

two
/ (tuː) /

noun
determiner
  1. amounting to twotwo nails
  2. (as pronoun)he bought two

Other words from two

Related adjectives: binary, double, dualRelated prefixes: di-, bi-

Word Origin for two

Old English twā (feminine); related to Old High German zwā, Old Norse tvau, Latin, Greek duo
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Other Idioms and Phrases with two

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