Lori’s apartment is comfortable, but she thinks it’s not big enough. She said she lives comfortably enough, but she just doesn’t have enough space for all of her stuff. I think her problem is she likes shopping too much. I think she has enough furniture, but she doesn’t think she owns enough.
We use enough when we want to show that some situation or thing is sufficient. Do you know how to use this word? Have a look at the paragraph above and then check out today’s lesson.
Enough when we want to show that some situation or thing is sufficient and we are satisfied about that. There are four patterns you’ll need to memorize, so let’s look at these patterns and some examples:
Pattern #1 – Enough + Noun. Use enough before a noun:
- I think she has enough furniture. Not, furniture enough.
- I don’t have enough time to go to the gym today. Not, time enough.
Pattern #2 – Verb + Enough. Use enough after a verb:
- She shops a lot. I think she bought enough today. Not, enough bought.
- More coffee? No, thanks. I’ve had enough. Not, enough had.
Pattern #3 – Adjective + Enough. Use enough after an adjective:
- Lori thinks her apartment is not big enough. Not, enough big.
- The apartment is certainly warm enough. Not, enough warm.
Pattern #4 – Adverb + Enough. Use enough after an adverb:
- She said she lives comfortably enough. Not, enough comfortably.
- Mayumi said she speaks well enough, but she is still studying hard.. Not, enough well.
Can you remember the four patterns? Check yourself with this quiz:
Jerry: How’s your new English teacher?
Sherri: She’s nice, and she _____________________ for us.
speaks slowly enough
speaks enough slowly
enough speaks slowly
know enough English
enough English know
know English enough
to pack enough
playing quietly enough
enough playing quietly
quietly playing enough
have enough milk
enough have milk
have milk enough
bright enough certainly.
certainly enough bright.
certainly bright enough.
Jenny: Would you like another beer?
Nick: No thanks, I’ve _____________________
found enough yet.
yet enought found.
enough found yet.
Bill: Why didn’t you take your brother to the concert?
Cathy: Because he’s _____________________
not enough old.
not old enough.
enough work hard
hard work enough
work hard enough
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