Summary: What is the correct word order with 'enough'?

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First Published: 12th Dec. 2006 | Last Edited: 25th Jan. 2019

Enough comes after adjectives and adverbs:

  • It wasn't good enough. (Good is an adjective)
  • I didn't do well enough. (Well in an adverb)

Enough comes before nouns:

  • I didn't have enough money. (Money is a noun)

We use enough of before the and this that these those:

  • Are there enough of the copies I made for everybody?
  • I've had enough of this rubbish.

We also use enough of before object personal pronouns:

  • Were enough of them there last night?

NB Sometimes people put enough after a noun, but this is for effect as it sounds a bit archaic and formal.

Enough can be used before an infinitive:

  • They don't have enough to eat.

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