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    #1

    not nearly

    If Iwant to express thefact that I'm very short of money for something, which of the following with 'not nearly' is correct?

    I haven't nearly enough money.
    I haven't nearly got enough money.
    I don't nearly have enough money.
    I haven't got nearly enough money.
    I don't have nearly enough money.

    May I ask native English teachers to help me?
    Thank you very much.


    • Join Date: Nov 2007
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    #2

    Re: not nearly

    I haven't nearly enough money. - with the stress on the 'nearly' - good

    I haven't nearly got enough money. -
    If you must use 'got', then "I haven't got nearly enough money." and again stress 'nearly'

    I don't nearly have enough money.
    I don't have nearly enough money.

    I haven't got nearly enough money.
    correct and you may hear this colloquially, but avoid using it if you can

    I don't have nearly enough money.
    good

    In all of them, as you speak, stess the 'nearly'

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