So or too? – Commonly confused words

You might be using ‘so’ and ‘too’ incorrectly in English. Do you understand this cartoon?

What happened in this cartoon?

The woman made a common error of confusing ‘too’ and ‘so’. It is an easy mistake to make, so let’s look at these words and clarify their meaning.


We us ‘too’ to mean that something is more than is necessary, acceptable or good. Here, the woman is saying that the cake is bigger than is should be.


We use ‘so’ as a synonym for ‘very’. For example, “the cake is so big”, or “the cake is very big”.

Can you select the correct word in the sentences below?