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- (NG) I have pens enough.
- (OK) I have enough pens.
- (NG) The room is enough warm, so we were comfortable.
- (OK) The room is warm enough, so we were comfortable.
Grammar words and phrases in context
Jenny just moved into a new apartment. It’s not so big, but she said it’s big enough for her. She has enough furniture from her old apartment, and she told me she can live comfortably enough with it. She went to the store to get some other things for the apartment too. I think she bought enough, but she said she’s not sure!
We use enough to show that there is a sufficient amount of something and that we’re satisfied with the amount or the situation.
- There seems to be enough wine and beer for the party.
- It’s warm enough in the house, so I’ll take off this sweater.
- Do you have enough books to read on your vacation?
We use not enough to show that there is not a sufficient amount of something and that we are not satisfied with the amount or the situation.
- Jack said he doesn’t have enough ice, so he’s going to need to pick some up.
- I didn’t have enough time to see everyone I wanted to see during the holidays.
- Since Joe doesn’t get enough exercise, he’s going to join a gym.
- There isn’t enough milk in the refrigerator, so I can’t make pancakes.
There are four patterns that we use with enough. Let’s take a look at these patterns and some examples.
Pattern #1 – We use enough before a noun.
- I think she has enough furniture.
- I don’t have enough time to go to the gym today.
Pattern #2 – We use a verb followed by enough.
- She shops a lot. I think she bought enough today.
- More coffee? No, thanks. I’ve had enough.
Pattern #3 – We use an adjective followed by enough.
- Jane thinks her apartment is not big enough.
- This room is certainly warm enough.
Pattern #4 – We use an adverb followed by enough.
- She said she lives comfortably enough.
- Alexandra said that she speaks well enough, but she is still studying hard.