Which to/too/two do you use when you are writing, "there are three ways to spell two/too/to in the English language?" My girlfriend has a BS in English and was unable to answer this so I was wondering if you guys had any idea.
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If I wrote "there are three ways to spell to", that would be wrong because there is only one way to spell to. Likewise, there is only one way to spell too and perhaps two ways to spell two (the other being 2).
So, the only way to write that sentence correctly would be to include all three, or write the transcription, [tu].
To flesh out Kosmonaut's answer a little bit, it doesn't make sense to include all three spellings and say that there are three ways to spell those three spellings. Alternative ways to express what you mean include
(If you have an agreed-upon pronunciation notation, like IPA, you could use that. Presumably that is what Kosmonaut's [tu] is.)
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