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    enough. a difficult sentence.

    dear teachers,
    1)I read this sentence in an article, and it was difficult for me to understand why it has been made like that:
    "Learning english, however, has been anything but easy or predictable,...."
    please make me understand it by giving me examples if possible.

    2)my second question is what do we mean by using enough after an adverb, for example: luckly enough, or funny enough, and if possible, where can we use this kind of struture?
    I'm thanking you very much for giving such a help for me


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    Re: enough. a difficult sentence.

    Quote Originally Posted by sara88 View Post
    dear teachers,
    1)I read this sentence in an article, and it was difficult for me to understand why it has been made like that:
    "Learning english, however, has been anything but easy or predictable,...."
    please make me understand it by giving me examples if possible.

    2)my second question is what do we mean by using enough after an adverb, for example: luckily enough, or funnily enough, and if possible, where can we use this kind of structure?
    I'm thanking you very much for giving such a help for me
    #1 It is not clear from your question what you don't understand. Can you explain?

    #2 Enough > In these collocations it is used as an emphasizer. It has no meaning as such.

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    Wink Re: enough. a difficult sentence.

    Quote Originally Posted by sara88 View Post
    dear teachers,
    1)I read this sentence in an article, and it was difficult for me to understand why it has been made like that:
    "Learning english, however, has been anything but easy or predictable,...."
    please make me understand it by giving me examples if possible.
    ...
    Learning English, however, has been difficult and unpredictable...anything but something = the opposite of something

  3. sara88's Avatar

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    Re: enough. a difficult sentence.

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    #1 It is not clear from your question what you don't understand. Can you explain?

    #2 Enough > In these collocations it is used as an emphasizer. It has no meaning as such.
    Thank you Anglika for your answers. For the first question I understood all its words in isolation but when they are together to form this sentence I couldn't catch the meaning, would you clarify it for me?


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    Re: enough. a difficult sentence.

    "Learning English, however, has been anything but easy or predictable,...."

    On the other hand, I have not found that learning English is either easy to do or something that can be judged in advance.

    It has been difficult and unpredictable.

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