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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #105839: Too (much/many) or Enough
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    Too (much/many) or Enough

    1) TOO : (TOO MANY/MUCH)

    This adverb is placed before an adjective, or an adverb and it changes their meanings. It is used in affirmative clauses.

    ex : I'm too tired to work =>   TOO + adjective

    ex : This player is too fast ! I stand no chance of winning ... => TOO + adverb


    In front of an uncountable noun (something that you can't count : butter, paint, happiness ...) the adjectives : 'much'/'little' : ('too much' ; 'too little') are added (an adverb CANNOT modify a noun !)

    ex : Don't you think there's too much paint on this brush. 

                                                        TOO MUCH/ LITTLE + uncountable NOUN


    In front of an uncountable, the adjectives 'many'/'few' : (' too many' ; 'too few') must be added.

    ex : There are are too many books on this shelf : It's going to collapse.

                                                       TOO MANY/FEW + countable NOUN in the plural


    2) ENOUGH  :

    This adverb is often quite problematic to you ... It must be admitted that the word is quite tricky and mischievous to foreigners ...

    * The adverb ENOUGH is used with an adjective (1), an adverb (2) or a verb (3). In those three cases, it is placed AFTER the adjective, the adverb or the verb. It is often used in a negative clause.

    - ex 1 : I won't let him go out tonight ; He's not mature enough.

    - ex 2 : You didn't run fast enough to escape and were imprisoned  immediately !

    - ex 3 : I haven't slept enough ... I'm really exhausted ...


    * Placed after an adjective, it is often followed by an infinitive

    - ex : Don't tell him your secret ... He's not old enough to understand.

    * In a sentence with two different subjects to introduce the complement of an adjective added to 'enough', it is followed by an infinitive clause introduced by 'for' and indicates a purpose, an aim.

    - ex : She isn't  old enough for us to allow her to get married now.


    * ENOUGH used with a noun is a determiner and therefore, it precedes the noun.

    ex : There isn't enough tea left ... I'll run to the shop to buy some  ...

    * ' Enough is enough! ' : This phrase, which is very often badly interpreted by foreigners, expresses irritation, exasperation ; In French, it equals 'Trop, c'est trop !' and not : ' Assez, c'est assez.'  People whose mother-tongue is neither English nor French should check in their dictionaries ... 


    These four examples are to be learnt by heart ( 8 words !). I you do so, you'll never hesitate again in front of 'enough' !          

                                                                      ADJECTIVE + ENOUGH => 'rich enough'

                                                                       ADVERB + ENOUGH => 'fast enough' 

                                                                     VERB + ENOUGH => 'not eaten enough'

                                                  but :            ENOUGH + NOUN => 'enough patience'

      Ready for the exercise ?  Good luck !  






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    - I LOVE chocolate ! I thought I'd never get tired of it ! In fact, I thought I'd for my pleasure ... But at the birthday party, besides the , I ate as well ! Now, I'm feeling sick !
    - I don't know when you're willing to leave for Scotland, but I have in store for me, to lend you a few British bills. This could save you a few hours if you don't have before leaving !
    Besides, there are I have to read about our future trip, and as I don't know about a lot of places I want to show you, I'll have to prepare carefully ... Yet, I'm guides to find good advice and ... I want to to be a good guide for you ...
    Now, if you volunteered to help a little, I don't think it would be for you ! I'm doing just now, and I think that : If you don't want me to cancel our trip ... It's up to you ! Step in ! I need help !

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