Remove too

The words too…to have a negative meaning. It means ‘more than is necessary or desirable’.

Study the following sentences.

He was very nervous. He could not perform well on the stage.
Ans. He was too nervous to perform well on the stage.

I was very busy. I could not talk to her.
Ans. I was too busy to talk to her.

The task was very difficult. I could not do it without help.
Ans. The task was too difficult to do without help.

It was very hot. We did not want to go out.

Ans. It was too hot to go out.

too → very, excessively, extremely
too ……to…… → so …… that ……cannot/ could not
Present tense, is, am, are → cannot.
Past tense, was, were → could not.

Remove 'too' from the following sentences and rewrite the same. 

1. It is too hot outside.
Ans. It is very hot outside.

2. These books are too expensive.
Ans. These books are very expensive.

3. Raja is too fond of sweets.
Ans. Raja is extremely fond of sweets.

4. It is too sour.
Ans. IT is very sour.

5. The king was too infallible (perfect) to make a mistake.
Ans. The king was so infallible that he could not make a mistake.  

6. I am too tired to think of anything.
Ans. I am so tired that I cannot think of anything.

7. He spoke too fast to be understood.
Ans. He spoke so fast that one could not understand.

8. He is too proud to beg.
Ans. He is so proud that he cannot beg.

9. Hitler was too cruel to spare the Jews.
Ans. Hitler was so cruel that he could not spare the Jews.

10. The Chief Minister Mr. Raja was too busy to give us an appointment.
Ans. The Chief Minister Mr. Raja was so busy that he could not give us an appointment.

11. Parents nowadays are too busy to pay attention to their children education.
Ans. Parents nowadays are so busy that they cannot pay attention to their children education.

12. It became too dark to read easily.
Ans. It became so dark that one could not read easily.

13. I too won a ticket to go to cinema.
Ans. I also won a ticket to go to cinema.

14. He too got it right.

Ans. He also got it right.

Combine the following sentences using too…to.

1. The place was very noisy. I couldn’t hear anything properly.

2. He earns very little. He cannot keep his family in comfort.

3. I know him very well. I don’t like him.

4. She was very anxious about her husband. She could not think about anything else.

5. She is very clumsy. She cannot handle glassware carefully.


1. The place was too noisy to hear anything properly.

2. He earns too little to keep his family in comfort.

3. I know him too well to like him.

4. She was too anxious about her husband to think about anything else.

5. She is too clumsy to handle glassware carefully.