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    I don't have enough money to buy a bike.

    Can you replace enough with "much"? My grammar books only has the answer "enough", but I think much is also possible.

    ex)I don't have enough money to buy a bike.

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    Re: I don't have enough money to buy a bike.

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Can you replace enough with "much"? My grammar books only has the answer "enough", but I think much is also possible.

    ex)I don't have enough money to buy a bike.
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    Not without minor changes to the structure.

    I don't have much money; therefore, I can't buy (/afford) a bike.
    Last edited by Michael84; 25-Jun-2011 at 00:51. Reason: typo

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    Re: I don't have enough money to buy a bike.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    No. Enough means sufficient. Much means more than a little. Your sentence would read like this, "I don't have much money to buy a bike."
    You could write, "I don't have much money, not enough to buy a bike."
    It seems much just means "more" that's not comparable to the price of the bike, but it's still confusing, I don't get it perfectly. I'm sorry!

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    Re: I don't have enough money to buy a bike.

    Quote Originally Posted by kehenglish View Post
    Much refers to the amount of money that one has or doesn't have, and is non-specific. (meaning it doesn't state how much money the person acutally has / $30, $50, $100, $1000 etc).

    Whereas enough refers to the amount of money needed, in this case to purchase a bicycle and the price of the bicycle is a specific amount.

    A specific amount is needed to purchase the bicycle, therefore much is grammatically wrong, because it is non-specific in this context.

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    I think much has the meaning of abundant, but as it doesn't indicate any degree related to "the money to buy a bike", enough fits better. I'm not completely out of confusion.

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