How to Use ‘Too’ and ‘Enough’ in English

Too and enough can modify both nouns, adjectives and adverbs...


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How to Use TOO

  • We use “too” to mean more than sufficient or more/less than necessary:

Too + adjective:

E.g. It’s too late to stop him.

       Jerry was too young to watch the movie.

Too many + countable noun:

E.g. There are too many people on this train, there’s nowhere to sit.

Too much + uncountable noun:

E.g. You have too much money, give some to me.

       You’ve eaten too many of those cakes.

Verb + too much:

E.g. He complains too much. He has such a negative attitude.

How to Use ENOUGH

  • We use “enough” to mean sufficient:

Adjective + enough:

E.g. Your clothes are big enough to fit me.

Verb + enough:

E.g. You’ve done enough work. You can stop now.

Enough + noun (countable or uncountable):

E.g. Have you got enough money to buy me a drink?

       We don’t have enough people for a soccer team. We have 8 people and a team needs at least 11.

  • We use “enough” in negative sentences to mean less than sufficient or less than necessary:

E.g. You’re not working fast enough, you won’t finish on time.

       Sorry, I haven’t got enough food for everyone.

      Not enough of my friends are coming to the party.

Additional points

  • We can use enough without a noun if the  meaning is clear.

E.g. There’s a lot of food but not enough for everyone.

We can replace enough with the before a noun.

I don’t have the money to go on holiday.

His company doesn’t have the resources to do the job.

  • We can use time or room alone to mean enough time or enough room.

E.g. Is there room in your car for one more person?

Do we have time for a coffee?


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