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    Enough

    What are the rules for word order with 'enough'?

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    I would say that when enough is used as an adjective it should come before the noun.

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    It usually does.

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    when enough is used an a adv ,it should be after the adv .
    is it right or not?

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    Quote Originally Posted by coolrains
    when enough is used an a adv ,it should be after the adv .
    is it right or not?
    When enough is used as an adverb it comes after the verb. Example:
    • He didn't drive fast enough to get there on time.


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    Quote Originally Posted by coolrains
    when enough is used an a adv ,it should be after the adv .
    is it right or not?
    The normal order is:
    enough + noun
    adjective or adverb + enough

    However, sometimes we change the order with a noun for effect, but this isn't common and only happens with certain nouns.

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    Correction

    In the example I gave in my previous posting, enough modified an adverb and not a verb. It does seem to be the case that it is more likely to modify an adverb than a verb. Example:
    • He did not work hard enough to achieve his goal.


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    #8
    If you have 'She did enough', is 'enough' modifying the verb?


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    Re: Enough

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    If you have 'She did enough', is 'enough' modifying the verb?
    I think "enough" is the direct object of the verb "did", which would make it a noun, not an adverb.


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    Re: Enough

    Quote Originally Posted by mrlanguage View Post
    I think "enough" is the direct object of the verb "did", which would make it a noun, not an adverb.
    yes , i think so too.it's noun in " ……did enough" this sentence, not adj to modify the elliptical noun "work" .

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