Do you know how to use the word enough?

Look at these examples to see how enough is used.

She's not old enough to walk yet.
We are not acting fast enough to stop climate change.
I don't read enough.
Is there enough coffee for everyone?
We've had enough of their lies.

Try this exercise to test your grammar.

Grammar test 1

'enough': Grammar test 1

Read the explanation to learn more.

Grammar explanation

enough means 'as much as necessary'. It can be used with an adjective, an adverb, a verb or a noun. It can also act as a pronoun.

With adjectives and adverbs

enough comes after adjectives and adverbs.

I'm not tall enough to reach the top shelf.
Your marks are good enough to study engineering at university.
I couldn't write quickly enough and I ran out of time.
I've helped at conferences often enough to know what can go wrong.

With verbs

enough comes after verbs.

I make sure I drink enough during the day.
I don't read enough but I'm going to start downloading books to my phone. 

With nouns

enough comes before nouns.

There isn't enough bread to make sandwiches.
Have you got enough money?

As a pronoun

enough can also be used without a noun. 

I'll get some more chairs. There aren't enough.
A: Do you want more coffee? B: No, I've had enough, thanks.

We know what the noun is because of the context.

With an adjective and a noun

When enough is used with an adjective and a noun, two positions are possible but the meaning changes.

We haven't got big enough envelopes. 
We haven't got enough big envelopes.

When enough is after the adjective (big enough envelopes), it describes the adjective – the envelopes are too small. When enough is before the adjective (enough big envelopes), it describes the noun phrase – we have some big envelopes, but we need more.

enough of

We normally only use enough of when it is followed by a determiner or a pronoun (a/an/the, this/that, my/your/his, you/them, etc.).

There isn't enough of that bread to make sandwiches for everyone.
I've seen enough of his work to be able to recommend him.
There's enough of us to make a difference.

Do this exercise to test your grammar again.

Grammar test 2

'enough': Grammar test 2

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Submitted by annedjomo on Thu, 30/12/2021 - 21:23

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I had enough time to go through this lesson and I really appreciate the logic of its présentation.

Submitted by Guida on Wed, 24/11/2021 - 20:16

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I' appreciated enough this grammar lesson.

Submitted by siddhuk on Tue, 09/11/2021 - 13:35

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Hello Team LearnEnglish
Is it ok to say a big enough house or a house big enough?? Which of the two is correct??

Hello siddhuk,

Here 'enough' goes with the adjective 'big' and so it comes after the adjective: 'big enough'. Together, these words tell us more about the house, so 'a big enough house' is the correct form.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Larrie on Fri, 15/10/2021 - 19:34

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Hello Staff
Can 'enough' always be considered a quantifier?

Thanks in advance

Submitted by GiulianaAndy on Sun, 18/07/2021 - 03:41

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Hello, great lesson. However, I have a question: May I say: "I am not fast enough to win this rice" and "I am not too fast to win this race" in the same way?

Hi GiulianaAndy,

No, actually only the first sentence using 'enough' is correct. 'Too' means something like 'excessively'. It doesn't have the meaning of 'sufficiently' that 'enough' has.

I hope that helps.

Jonathan

The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks for your reply. And if I mention this context: I lost the race because " I wasn't too fast to win this race". Is it possible to use "too" with its meaning of excessively in negative sentences?

Hi GiulianaAndy,

No, we don't use too in that way. As Jonathan said, too means excessively, so it always suggests that something is unsatisfactory or problematic.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by GiulianaAndy on Sun, 20/06/2021 - 03:29

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Hi, it's me again, excuse me I have another question: Is it correct to say "He prevented me of coming to the party"? It is not could you please help me to find what preposition should I use instead of "of". Thank you

Hi GiulianaAndy,

It should be He prevented me from coming to the party :)

If you're unsure which preposition to use, sometimes the example sentences in the dictionary are useful (e.g. see this page on prevent in the Cambridge Dictionary). I hope it helps.

Jonathan

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by GiulianaAndy on Sun, 20/06/2021 - 03:23

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Hello, excuse me I have a question, here it is: Is it correct to say: I don't want you to feel sad or I don't want you feel sad? Thank you.

Hi GiulianaAndy,

The first way is correct! The structure is: want (somebody) to (do something).

Jonathan

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Ahmed Imam on Sun, 30/05/2021 - 05:58

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Hello. Is the following sentence correct? - I have drunk enough of juice. Thank you.

Hi Ahmed Imam,

It should be enough juice (without of). But, if you use a determiner or a pronoun (e.g. enough of the juice / enough of it), of is needed.

Jonathan

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Deepika kaushal on Sun, 18/04/2021 - 22:48

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I have’not had enough food

Submitted by lucrecia on Mon, 08/03/2021 - 02:48

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Submitted by Zuu on Thu, 18/02/2021 - 17:31

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I haven't got beautiful enough flowers for the occasion. I haven't got enough beautiful flowers for the occasion. You should have some more snacks. I've had enough. Thanks. I have seen enough of his skills. He is qualified for this job.

Submitted by BETSY on Wed, 17/02/2021 - 23:23

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Submitted by Andre Luiz Rib… on Mon, 07/12/2020 - 20:40

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Submitted by Drenusha on Sun, 29/11/2020 - 16:56

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Hi there, I wanted to ask about this past: I haven't got _____ time to start a new hobby. enough free time free enough time enough of free time is it right to have the word time to times. As there are three options with ending time to connect with word time. I hope I was clear. I tried though. Thanks

Hello Drenusha,

You're correct in thinking that this sentence is not correct, and you explained it very well! Unfortunately, at the moment I can't fix this mistake, but I will make a note to do this as soon as I can. I will remove the words 'time' so that question is 'I haven't got ___ to start a new hobby.'

I'm sorry for the confusion and thanks for taking the time to point this out to us!

All the best,

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Thu Ha Nguyen on Wed, 25/11/2020 - 06:25

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Submitted by Unicorn on Sun, 01/11/2020 - 15:37

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It looks like the tests were simple. However the one or other mistake has crept in. So I have to think thoroughly and do it again at another time. Thanks

Submitted by Xavi BC on Wed, 28/10/2020 - 11:22

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Submitted by Stefania on Tue, 20/10/2020 - 15:43

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Which is correct and why? You have seen enough not to be horrified by the latest mistakes. Or, you have seen enough to be horrified by.... Thanks

Hello Stefania,

Both of these are grammatically correct. Which you use depends on what you want to say: your experience means that you are no longer horrified (the first example), or experience makes you horrified (the second).

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by hjamila on Mon, 12/10/2020 - 17:48

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Submitted by John A. on Wed, 07/10/2020 - 11:30

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Very clear, Thanks for all explanations.

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Submitted by Dastenova Firuza on Sat, 04/07/2020 - 18:38

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Today I have learned "enough" word which I have understood use of this word. Enough learn to english to get enough knowledge from english.

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Submitted by Vicky Cruz Aruquipa on Tue, 09/06/2020 - 22:22

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at the beginning I found difficult understand the word Enough .I hope doing more practice I will get it.. Thank you so much .To my tutor Anna Rosa .

Submitted by Emily Mellor on Fri, 29/05/2020 - 10:47

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Thanks a lot to British Council Team. My English skills improve because of all your help. Grammar explanations are also clear enough for me. With regards

Submitted by gerardbarrachina on Thu, 23/04/2020 - 18:51

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I had enough time to learn this lesson.

Submitted by aremy on Wed, 15/04/2020 - 19:22

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We are not acting fast enough to stop climate change.

Submitted by zabiullah on Tue, 14/04/2020 - 15:30

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thanks alot, it is helpful lesson for me. after that, i can use it correctlly and confidenetly. some one wants enough time to get know better but i understand.

Submitted by Ekowe on Thu, 09/04/2020 - 14:49

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i' appreciated enough this grammar lesson. I'm Togolese and i have choosed british council web site to improve my english ant take my IETLS

Hello Ekowe

I just wanted to recommend you a couple of links that might be helpful for preparing for the IELTS. The first is the website TakeIELTS, where you can find loads of useful information and even some free practice materials. The other is our Skills section, which, although not designed specifically to help you prepare for the IELTS, could help you too.

Thanks also for letting us know you were happy enough with the lesson to write a comment.

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello, "i' appreciated enough this grammar lesson" on this sentence the correct way of using enough with enough of: I appreciated enough of this grammar lesson.

Submitted by Peter M. on Thu, 12/11/2020 - 10:51

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Hello shakirovu,

Enough carries a meaning of 'sufficient' or 'not too little'. We would not use it in this kind of context, but rather we would say 'I really appreciated...' or 'I appreciated... very much'.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team