View Poll Results: That should have given you ___ to finish.

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  • enough time

    629 84.54%
  • time enough

    57 7.66%
  • Either [please explain]

    58 7.80%
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Thread: Enough

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    Enough


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    I think either is possible, but enough time is more usual. I think time enough is an example of inversion (change in the normal structure of a phrase) that is done for effect. Example:
    • There'll be time enough for countin' when the dealin's done.


    What say you, teacher?

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    I agree and voted for this. With 'time', this usage is fairly common.

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    Did you vote for the first one or the third one?


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    I voted for the first one.

    :)

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    It's the safest answer, but in a thread with space for further comment, I felt the third option was OK.

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    From a Google search:
    • enough time -- 651,000
      time enough -- 58,300


    :)

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    The first form is the standard one and follows the general rule of enough + noun, but the other form does show that it is not a fixed rule.

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    Re: Enough

    enough time: I voted...and I was wrong..

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