Student or Learner
I am 'The French', I'm testing myself on this plant, but sometimes I am wrong.
I made one test about the use of the word enough.
The sentence is:
If enough_____people there agree to do it, it'll be fantastic.
The correct answer was 'of the' but I think just 'of' it's enough.
Can you enlighteen me, why the 'the' is rather important?
Thank for your fast and clear answer.
See you soon.
Just one thing, if I understand well, we can write enough plus directly a noun, but we can't make the same thing with enough when it is followed by of.
Is it a special rule of English grammar or one exception?
Thank a lot for your knowledge.
Have a sunny day in England.
All you have to do is decide whether you mean 'enough' the adjective, the adverb or the pronoun. Then English grammar will tell you where you can put it and how to use it, enough that is. Although, the adjective is most probably a quantifier really.
When you want to refer to a quantity of things or to an amount of something in everyday language, you use a quantifier. All quantifiers consist of two or more words, because `of' is needed in every case.
Here is the list of quantifiers: all of, another of, any of, both of, certain of, each of, either of, enough of, few of, fewer of, less of, little of, lots of, many of, more of, most of, much of,etc.
Some of these quantifiers can be linked by `of' only to noun groups that begin with a specific determiner such as `the', `these', or `my'. A pronoun such as `us', `them' or `these' can also be used after `of'.
Nearly all of the increase has been caused by inflation.
Part of the farm lay close to the river bank.
Only a few of the attackers were armed.
Here is a list of quantifiers used with plural noun groups, singular noun groups, or uncount nouns: all of, any of, enough of, lots of, more of, most of, none of, some of, -, an amount of, a lot of, a quantity of, -, the remainder of, the rest of.
Some quantifiers can be submodified using `quite'.
I've wasted quite enough of my life here.
Quite a few of the employees are beginning to realise the truth.
Most of them have had quite a lot of experience.