ENGLISHEnglish Vocabulary


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We use ENOUGH to mean ‘as much as we need or want’ or ‘more than is wanted’. As adjective you can use ENOUGH in front of a noun, not after. If the noun is countable, it must be in the plural. As adverb you use ENOUGH after an adjective or adverb, not before; e.g.

a) There aren’t enough bedrooms for the family here in this house. (adjective)
b) I haven’t had enough exercise yet. (adjective)
c) This room is big enough for her. (adverb)
d) We have a long enough list for sending invitations. (adverb)

INCORRECT: Is this box enough big for all those books?
CORRECT: Is this box big enough for all those books?

NOTE-I: The degree of the adjective/adverb must be positive (not COMPARATIVE or SUPERLATIVE); e.g.

INCORRECT: This room is bigger/biggest enough for her.
CORRECT: This room is big enough for her.

NOTE-II: Don’t use ENOUGH, or ‘ENOUGH + NOUN’, as the subject of a negative sentence, you use NOT ENOUGH; e.g.

INCORRECT: Enough people didn’t come.
CORRECT: Not enough people came.

NOTE-III: We don’t use ENOUGH immediately before a noun phrase beginning with an adjective (the, my, etc.), or before a pronoun (us, them, etc). Instead we use ENOUGH OF; e.g.

INCORRECT: You haven’t eaten enough your dinner, Ranjan.
CORRECT: You haven’t eaten enough of your dinner, Ranjan.

INCORRECT: There weren’t enough them.
CORRECT: There weren’t enough of them.

NOTE-IV: We don’t use a THAT-CLAUSE after ENOUGH when we say what is needed for something to be possible; e.g.

INCORRECT: She is intelligent enough that she can solve this question.
CORRECT: She is intelligent enough to solve this question.

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