A question asking if all three words: "to", "too", and "two" could be used consecutively to form a single sentence, by @1Fish_2Fish_RedFish_BlueFish has been placed on hold after being rejected for migration from Puzzling.

English Language & Usage is certainly not devoid of humo[u]r (example) so it seems not inappropriate here (I have queried the rejection on Puzzling as well).

Please explain to me why it was rejected on EL&U

Edit in response to answers: would it be possible to add a note to my example explaining why it is locked; something like "This question is off-topic but is retained for interest"?

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    I don't think a community wiki post from 2010, during this site's infancy, is representative of our current conventions.
    – choster
    Commented Feb 23, 2016 at 22:10
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    @choster Hence its locked state.
    – tchrist Mod
    Commented Feb 23, 2016 at 22:21

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One question like this is funny, but it opens the door to a lot of nonsense. On another site (The Great Outdoors), I argued that questions that were marginally on topic at best were OK (if they were good questions) because the users could self-arrest on the slippery slope of accepting marginal questions. But TGO gets fewer than 5 Qs/day. ELU has to be stricter. Thus, I second Rathony's rational rationale.

  • I can live with this (and @Ranthony's explanation). Would it be an idea to add a note to the example, along the lines of "This question is off-topic, but is retained for interest."
    – NL_Derek
    Commented Feb 24, 2016 at 18:37
  • @NL_Derek You are a good sport! I can't answer your question about adding the note, because I am just learning the arcane rules of this place myself. You might edit your Meta question, above, to make this point.
    – ab2
    Commented Feb 24, 2016 at 18:46

I am the second close-voter of the question. The question is not related with English Language and Usage.

  1. I believe asking this community to write a sentence with three specific words is a request for writing advice. It is not on-topic. If you visit Help Center > Asking, you can find the following:

Out of scope for this site: Writing advice (see Writers.SE instead) or critique requests

  1. The Original Poster (OP) is asking this community to write a sentence for him. This community is not a writing service. The OP should have written one or two sentences and asked specifically what is wrong with the sentence by identifying a specific concern in the sentence.

  2. The question is not clear. Originally the OP asked if the three words, to, too and two could be used one after the other consecutively in a sentence. Look at the accepted answer. The three words were not placed one after the other.

  3. The tagline for English Language and Usage (ELU) clearly states:

English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts.

I don't think the question would be helpful to any of current and future linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts.

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    As I explained in a comment to @ab2's answer I can agree with this. But I don't understand your point 3; the accepted answer includes "to two too".
    – NL_Derek
    Commented Feb 24, 2016 at 18:43
  • @NL_Derek Please take a look at the answer posted by Trenin to the question posted on Puzzle Stack Exchange.
    – user140086
    Commented Feb 26, 2016 at 6:16

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