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Too / Enough


Too and Enough

Too and enough indicate degree. They modify adjectives, adverbs, and nouns.

  • Too means more than what is needed.
  • Enough means sufficient.

Examples

He is too old to play football with the kids.
Dave is intelligent enough to do the write thing.
You're not working fast enough
I don't have enough time.
He has too many friends.
She has got too much patience

Use of too and enough

1.Enough comes after adjectives and adverbs:

ADJECTIVE + ENOUGH   or   ADVERB + ENOUGH

Examples:

He isn't old enough to watch this program.
We're not walking quickly enough.

2.Enough may also precede nouns:

ENOUGH + NOUN

Examples:

We have enough money .
I have not got enough money to buy this computer.

3.Too comes before adjectives and adverbs:

TOO + ADJECTIVES   or   TOO + ADVERBS

Examples:

It's too hot to wear that coat.
I was driving too fast.

4. Too may also come before nouns when it is used with the expressions too much and too many.

a. Too much is used before uncountable nouns.

TOO MUCH + UNCOUNTABLE NOUNS

Example:

There is too much salt in this food.

b. Too many is used before countable nouns

TOO MANY + COUNTABLE NOUNS

Example:

There are too many students in this classroom.

See more about countable and uncountable nouns

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