Using enough to combine two clauses

July 8, 2013pdf

Enough can be used as an adjective or adverb. As an adjective, enough is used to modify a noun.

  • I have bought enough eggs.

As an adverb, enough is used to modify an adjective or another adverb.

  • She is old enough to know better.

We can combine two sentences into one using enough + infinitive.

Before combining two clauses using enough, make sure that they are both affirmative or negative.

Compare:

  • My grandfather is very fit. He can run four miles at a stretch.

Here both sentences are affirmative.

  • My grandfather is fit enough to run four miles at a stretch.

Note that the adverb enough goes after the adjective or adverb it modifies.

  • My neighbor is very rich. He can buy whatever he wants.
  • My neighbor is rich enough to buy whatever he wants.
  • The room was very spacious. It could easily accommodate 50 people.
  • The room was spacious enough to easily accommodate 50 people.

We can use enough to join two clauses even if they have different subjects.

Study the examples given below.

  • The orator spoke very loudly. I could hear him.
  • The orator spoke loudly enough for me to hear him. (Note the use of the structure for me.)
  • There is plenty of time. We can play one more game.
  • There is enough of time for us to play one more game.
  • The mangoes are ripe. You can eat them.
  • The mangoes are ripe enough for you to eat.
  • The oranges are cheap enough. You can buy them.
  • The oranges are cheap enough for you to buy.
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