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Jen’s English Tip’s – Using the Word Enough






ENOUGH is word that can qualify an adverb or an adjective. It can also go together with a noun or sometimes act as a pronoun.


1. ENOUGH with adjectives and adverbs
Position in a sentence: after an adjective or an adverb
• Your work isn’t good enough for our company.
• He finished the project quickly enough, and we could move on to the next one.

2. ENOUGH with nouns
Position in a sentence: before a noun
• There aren’t enough tomatoes in the fridge.
• Do you have enough money to pay for gas?

3. ENOUGH without a noun
We can also use ENOUGH without a noun:
• That’s enough! Turn of the TV!
• Enough is enough! (we use this phrase to express that we are really frustrated with something, or tired)

We use ENOUGH OF only when there is a determiner (this/that, an article, his/her/my, etc.)
• I haven’t done enough of the research to be able to tell the results.
• He hasn’t spent enough of his money to ask for more.

NOTE: When we use ENOUGH with an adjective or a noun two sentence positions are possible, but the meaning will change:
• We don’t have enough large sweaters for tomorrow’s field trip. (we have some large sweaters, but we need more)
• We don’t have large enough sweaters for tomorrow’s field trip. (the sweaters we have are too small, we need larger sweaters.) I hope this is clear now


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