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adverb too pronunciation in British English /tuː/
Too is used in the following ways:
as an ordinary adverb (before an adjective or adverb or before 'much', 'many', 'few' etc): You're too young to understand politics.
as a way of showing how a sentence, clause, or phrase is related to what has just been said: 'We're going to the park.' 'Can I come too?'
 
  1. 1
    so much of a particular quality that something is not possible
    too... to do something:

    I was too excited to sleep.

    It's too cold to sit outside.

    too... for something:

    I'm getting too old for dangerous sports like hockey.

    too... for someone to do:

    The table was too heavy for one person to carry.

    much/far too:

    They rarely have meals together. They're far too busy.

    be too much for someone (=be more than someone can deal with or bear):

    The sight of so much suffering was too much for him.

    1. a.
      more than is necessary or acceptable

      You're driving too fast.

      too much/many:

      You've put too much sugar in my coffee.

      rather too/a bit too/a little too:

      I don't trust Hilary – she's a little too clever.

      too... for someone:

      This film is too scary for seven-year-old kids.

  2. 2
    used after mentioning an additional person, thing, or fact to show that they are also included in what you are saying

    'I'm starting to feel hungry.' 'Me too.'

    Helen's got a lovely voice, and she's a good dancer too.

    Taking bribes is immoral. It's bad policy too!

    Of course, our customers complain, but we too have our problems.

  3. 4
    mainly American spoken used for emphasizing that something is true when someone does not believe it. This is used especially by children

    'You don't know how to change a tyre.' 'I do too.'

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