UNIT 101. Enough and too

Canada-03 grammar


Enough goes after adjectives and adverbs:
– I can’t run very far. I’m not fit enough. (not enough fit)
– Let’s go. We’ve waited long enough.
– Is Joe going to apply for the job? Is he experienced enough?

Compare too … and not … enough:
– You never stop working. You work too hard.
(= more than is necessary)
– You’re lazy. You don’t work hard enough.
(= less than is necessary)


Enough normally goes before nouns:
– I can’t run very far. I don’t have enough energy. (not energy enough)
– Is Joe going to apply for the job? Does he have enough experience?
– We’ve got enough money. We don’t need any more.
– Some of us had to sit on the floor because there weren’t enough chairs.

Note that we say:
– We didn’t have enough time. (not the time wasn’t enough)
– There is enough money. (not the money is enough)

You can use enough alone (without a noun):
– We don’t need any more money. We’ve got enough.

Compare too much/many and enough:
– There’s too much furniture in this room. There’s not enough space.
– There were too many people and not enough chairs.


We say enough/too … for somebody/something
– We don’t have enough money for a vacation.
– Is Joe experienced enough for the job?
– This shirt is too big for me. I need a smaller size.

But we say enough/ too … to do something (not for doing). For example:
– We don’t have enough money to go on vacation. (not for going)
– Is Joe experienced enough to go on vacation. (not for going)
– They’re too young to get married. / They’re not old enough to get married.
– The bridge is just wide enough for two cars to pass each other.


We say:
The food was very hot. We couldn’t eat it.
and The food was so hot that we couldn’t eat it.
but The food was too hot to eat. (without it)

Some more examples like this:
– These boxes are too heavy to carry.
(not too heavy to carry them)
– The wallet was too big to put in my pocket.
(not too big to put it)
– This chair isn’t strong enough to stand on.
(not string enough to stand on it)

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