Enough means as much or as many as you need or want. It tells us that the quantity, or the number of something is as required and you are satisfied with it.

Synonyms of enough are adequate, sufficient.

For example when we say, I have enough time to study for the exam, it means I have time as much as I need to study.

Look at the dialogue to see more examples with enough.

A: Hi Shirley! Long time no see! How have you been?

B: I’m alright. And you? 

A: All good, but I really missed you. Let’s drink a cup of coffee at Cafe Esta. 

B: Oh, at Cafe Esta? There, the coffee is not good enough. And today, unfortunately I don’t have enough time. But why don’t we meet on Saturday and have lunch together?

A: OK, cool. See you on Saturday. 

B: See you, bye.

The coffee is not good enough means, the coffee is not good as much as it should be or as much as we want it to be.

I don't have enough time means, I don't have enough time to sit and drink coffee with you.


There are different uses of enough. And in the dialogue, we see two different uses of it.

Enough + noun

When we use enough with a noun, enough comes before the noun.

I don’t have enough time.  (I don’t have time as much as I need.)

Let’s see some more examples:

  • There isn’t enough coffee in the jar for the guests.
  • I didn’t get enough sleep last night. I feel tired.
  • Do we have enough money to go on a holiday this summer?
  • Arran spends so much time on PC. He doesn’t get enough exercise for his health.
  • There is not enough space in the room for a table.

Adjective + enough and Adverb + enough

With the adjectives and adverbs, enough comes after the adjective or adverb.

The coffee is not good enough. (The coffee is not as good as I want.)

Let’s see more examples of adjective + enough:

  • He’s fit enough to run a marathon.
  • I don’t think that she is old enough to wear makeup.
  • This apartment is not big enough for three people.
  • Her legs aren’t tall enough to reach the pedals.
  • I am not tall enough to reach the top shelf. Can you help me get the pasta there?

Here are some examples of adverb + enough:

  • I’m working hard enough to pass the exam.     
  • He isn’t talking loudly enough, no one can hear him.
  • I walk slowly enough so my grandmother doesn’t get left behind.
  • She is checking the emails carefully enough not to make a mistake again.

Enough + noun for somebody/something 
Adjective + enough for somebody/something

  • I don’t have enough money for the wireless earbuds. 
  • She doesn't have enough apples for all of the children.
  • The air is not fresh enough here. Let’s go and sit somewhere else.
  • The house is big enough for a family of four.

Enough + noun to do something 
Adjective + enough to do something

  • You should take enough rest to feel mentally healthy.
  • I don’t have enough time to take a bath. Do you have a dry shampoo?
  • My German is not good enough to have a conversation with a native speaker.
  • He is not social enough to make new friends at the office.
  • She is not brave enough to talk to her crush.

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