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Elementary - Too and Enough

Sunday, 28 March 2010
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English grammar lesson on-line for elementary level students - An explanation of the adverbs 'too' and 'enough with printable exercises.

Too means 'more than sufficient' or 'more than is needed or wanted'.

  • It's too cold to play tennis.
  • She didn't take the job because the salary was too low.

Too comes before adjectives:

  • The coffee is too hot.
  • He's too young to watch the film.

Too comes before adverbs:

  • You are driving too fast.
  • She works too hard.

2) Enough means 'sufficient'.

  • Have you got enough money to buy me a drink?
  • I haven't got enough money for a holiday.

Enough comes after adjectives:

  • We haven't got a big enough house.
  • She shouldn't get married yet. She not old enough.

Enough comes after adverbs:

  • I didn't work hard enough.
  • He isn't working quickly enough.

Enough goes before nouns:

  • Have you got enough milk?
  • There isn't enough flour to make the cake.

3) Not...enough means 'less than necessary'. Can be used with adjectives, adverbs and nouns.

  • He wasn't old enough to vote. (adjective)
  • You're not driving fast enough. (adverb)
  • They don't have enough money to buy a new house. (noun)
  • There aren't enough people to make a team. (noun)


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