One-Point English Lesson: Too & Enough with Infinitives

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This pretzel is too hard to bite…

When you want to imply a negative situation, you can use too & enough with the infinitive (to + verb). Let’s have a look at this structure today. We use too before an adjective, so the first pattern is too + adjective + to + verb:

  • That chair is too old to repair. This means the chair is old, so old that it can not be repaired.
  • The refrigerator is too heavy to lift.
  • I was too busy to take a lunch break today.

We use enough after an adjective and before a noun, so the next structure is adjective + enough + infinitive:

  • Tom isn’t experienced enough to do that job. This means Tom doesn’t have enough experience to do that job.
  • Those boys aren’t old enough to buy beer.
  • Are you strong enough to lift that box?

The final pattern for today’s lesson is enough + noun + infinitive:

  • I had enough time to finish the report. This means I was able to finish the report with the amount of time that I had.
  • Jack said he doesn’t have enough money to buy a new car right now.
  • Do you have enough envelopes to send your Christmas cards?

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