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    Enough help

    Hello.

    I'm preparing some work around 'enough'.

    In the following examples, from this site, can someone explain why we say 'well enough' and not 'enough well' etc.



    Q1 - I didn't do ____ to pass.
    enough well
    well enough

    Q2 - Is there ____ to go round?
    enough beer
    beer enough

    Q3 - It's ____ to go to the beach today.
    enough hot
    hot enough


    Thanks

    Jag

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    #2

    Re: Enough help

    Quote Originally Posted by Jaguar View Post
    Hello.

    I'm preparing some work around 'enough'.

    In the following examples, from this site, can someone explain why we say 'well enough' and not 'enough well' etc.



    Q1 - I didn't do ____ to pass.
    enough well
    well enough

    Q2 - Is there ____ to go round?
    enough beer
    beer enough

    Q3 - It's ____ to go to the beach today.
    enough hot
    hot enough


    Thanks

    Jag
    Because there two words which are near in meaning:enough and rather. We usually place "enough" after an adjective or an adverb, and we put "rather" before them. Here are examples: You speak English rather well to communicate with foreigners. You speak English well enough to travel alone.Of course you can put "enough" before a noun : enough water, enough beer etc.

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    #3

    Re: Enough help

    I think is there beer enough to go round? works..
    Is there food enough to go round? also seems fine

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    Re: Enough help

    Quote Originally Posted by curmudgeon View Post
    I think is there beer enough to go round? works..
    Is there food enough to go round? also seems fine
    In spoken or literary English?

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    #5

    Re: Enough help

    Spoken

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    #6

    Re: Enough help

    As a teacher I consider it a mistake but as an English speaker I have to admit its correctness.

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    Yes, it is quite common, and comfortable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by curmudgeon View Post
    Yes, it is quite common, and comfortable.
    I always read your comments and I really eppreciate them. Cheers!

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    #9

    Re: Enough help

    Thanks very much.

    I was looking through my grammar books for ages, but couldn't find that little detail!

    Thanks again.

    Jag

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    #10

    Re: Enough help

    Quote Originally Posted by Jaguar View Post
    Thanks very much.

    I was looking through my grammar books for ages, but couldn't find that little detail!

    Thanks again.

    Jag
    You are welcome!

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