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    #1

    Smile It's not enough.

    Hello. Would you please tell me what "It's not enough." means in the context below?
    I understand "all the situations I've been through the other night was not enough for me. I has a long way to go."
    Or does it mean "the twenty dollar bill is not enough for me"?
    What do you think? Thank you.

    (The speaker's got cancer. He runs away from home—and his recurring cancer treatments—to climb Mt. Rainier.
    In the story, he got beaten up by some teenagers on the street the other night.
    The gang stole all his money, but one of the kid gave him back a twenty dollar bill.
    Because the kid realized he's got cancer.)

    From "Honest Truty" by Dan Gemeinhart--------
    In a sour, foggy flash the whole nightmare came back to me: being followed, the fear, the anger, the rat-faced kid, the beating.
    The money.
    I fumbled quickly through my pockets and found it. One twenty-dollar bill. That was it.
    My hands formed into fists. My breath came hard and fast.
    “It’s not enough,” I said out loud, my voice hard and sharp. Like broken glass.
    I shook my head. Sickness rose in my belly. My hands went soft. My breaths slowed as I concentrated on not throwing up.
    I was too sick and too tired to fight back the tears that seeped up into my eyes. “It’s not enough,” I said again. My voice was small and fragile. Like broken glass.
    Last edited by frindle2; 25-Sep-2015 at 02:17.

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    #2

    Re: It's not enough.

    Twenty dollars was less than he needed for whatever he wanted to do,

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    #3

    Re: It's not enough.

    Quote Originally Posted by frindle2 View Post

    (The speaker's got cancer. He runs away from home—and his recurring cancer treatments—to climb Mt. Rainier.
    In the story, he got bitten from some bad teenagers on the street the other night.
    The gang stole all his money, but one of the kid gave him back a twenty dollar bill.
    Because the kid realized he's got cancer.)


    Is it not 'got beaten by ...'?

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    #4

    Re: It's not enough.

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    Is it not 'got beaten by ...'?

    I think most native speakers, in the UK, would say 'he was beaten up by some teenagers'. Being beaten in that sense of receiving blows (not being beaten in a competition) is often used for a punishment. And I don't think the word 'bad' is necessary; it sounds to me a bit childish.

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