In English, enough is a very useful word. Knowing how to use enough correctly is essential for better communication.
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Enough means 'as many or as much as someone needs or wants'. Enough can be used with a variety of parts of speech.
With adjectives and adverbs
Enough always goes after the adjective or adverb it modifies:
- The coffee is hot enough to drink now.
- The parking space isn't big enough for my car.
- He didn't study hard enough for the exam.
- I woke up early enough to catch the sunrise.
Enough goes after verbs:
- I regret I didn't study enough for the test.
- I feel my best when I drink enough during the day.
Enough normally goes before nouns:
- I have enough money to buy the ticket.
- We have enough chairs for everyone.
As a pronoun
Enough can also be used alone (without a noun):
- Should we go buy some more snacks? There aren't enough for the party.
We use enough with of before determiners or pronouns.
- I read enough of the article to understand the main points.
- There aren't enough of us to make up a team.
- I've had enough of your excuses.