Results 1 to 4 of 4
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • German
      • Home Country:
      • Germany
      • Current Location:
      • Germany

    • Join Date: Jul 2014
    • Posts: 50
    #1

    enough sth to do vs enough sth for doing / is there a rule?

    Dear teachers!

    Are both constructions below possible / idiomatic?

    There wasn't enough money for buying new clothes.
    There wasn't enough money to buy new clothes.

    As far as I know, "enough" plus noun should be followed by an infinitive construction and not by a gerund one. But yesterday I stumbled over the second construction. Is it also correct?

    Thank you in advance

    Buddy42
    Last edited by Buddy42; 16-Jul-2014 at 19:28.

  1. MikeNewYork's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 24,983
    #2

    Re: enough sth to do vs enough sth for doing / is there a rule?

    Both of them work for me.

  2. Raymott's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Australia
      • Current Location:
      • Australia

    • Join Date: Jun 2008
    • Posts: 24,092
    #3

    Re: enough sth to do vs enough sth for doing / is there a rule?

    I prefer the second in that example. (I assume you mean you stumbled over the first example.)
    If there a verb following your "'enough' plus noun" ie. "enough noun to/for <verb>", then 'to' is usually better (to me).
    "Is there enough food to feed everyone." not "... for feeding everyone."

    But as you have expressed the rule, it's not right.
    "Is there enough food for everyone?"; "There are enough supplies for months."

    Even when followed by a verb, "for" is often OK, as your example is, though I can't think of an example where it is superior to the infinitive.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • German
      • Home Country:
      • Germany
      • Current Location:
      • Germany

    • Join Date: Jul 2014
    • Posts: 50
    #4

    Re: enough sth to do vs enough sth for doing / is there a rule?

    Thank you so much for your answers and explanations, MikeNewYork and Raymott!

    Yes, you're right Raymott, I stumbled over the first one....just mixed it up when writing .
    Anyway, you were of great help!

    Have a nice day both of you

    Buddy42

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 3
    Last Post: 03-Sep-2012, 11:00
  2. 'to limit Sth' or 'delimit Sth'?
    By Mehrgan in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 19-Jul-2012, 13:35
  3. Replies: 3
    Last Post: 03-Jul-2012, 10:49
  4. 'take care of sth' (deal with sth) = 'look after sth'?
    By Mehrgan in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 24-Mar-2012, 11:12
  5. [Grammar] to be afraid to do sth? to be arfaid that sth might happen?
    By englishhobby in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 04-Mar-2012, 18:58

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •