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    What are the rules for word order with 'enough'?

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    I would say that when enough is used as an adjective it should come before the noun.

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    It usually does.

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    when enough is used an a adv ,it should be after the adv .
    is it right or not?

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    Quote Originally Posted by coolrains
    when enough is used an a adv ,it should be after the adv .
    is it right or not?
    When enough is used as an adverb it comes after the verb. Example:
    • He didn't drive fast enough to get there on time.


    :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by coolrains
    when enough is used an a adv ,it should be after the adv .
    is it right or not?
    The normal order is:
    enough + noun
    adjective or adverb + enough

    However, sometimes we change the order with a noun for effect, but this isn't common and only happens with certain nouns.

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    Correction

    In the example I gave in my previous posting, enough modified an adverb and not a verb. It does seem to be the case that it is more likely to modify an adverb than a verb. Example:
    • He did not work hard enough to achieve his goal.


    Any comments?

    :)

    Do you want some more of this stuff
    Or have you seen enough?

    :wink:

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    If you have 'She did enough', is 'enough' modifying the verb?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    If you have 'She did enough', is 'enough' modifying the verb?
    I think so.

    Another example:
    • He did just enough to get by.


    :)

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    That does the job for me. You could say that it is modifying an elliptical word like 'work', but why bother?

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