Too and Enough

TOO and ENOUGH

  1. BE  /  LINKING VERBS  + TOO + ADJECTIVE + TO INFINITIVE

The infinitive can refer to the subject of the sentence (* the doer of the infinitive is the subject of the sentence). It has an active meaning .

e.g.- You are too young to understand the content of this book ( =  you are so young that you can’t understand it )

If the subject of the sentence is the object of the infinitive,  it has a passive meaning.

e.g. – The plate looks too hot to touch  (=  the plate is so hot that we should not touch it )

 2.  BE  /  LINKING VERBS + TOO + ADJECTIVE  +  FOR NOUN / PRONOUN + TO INFINITIVE

The subject of the sentence is always the object of the infinitive.

e.g. – The case is too complicated for us to solve.

– He is too smart for you to argue with.

3. VERB + TOO  +  ADVERB  +  TO  INFINITIVE

e.g. – That native speaker spoke too fast to understand.

–  She types too slowly to finish this report on time.

 4. BE + ADJECTIVE + ENOUGH  +  TO INFINITIVE

e.g. – She is tall enough to follow the test for being a stewardess.

– The milk has been cool enough to drink.

5.  VERB + ADVERB + ENOUGH  +  TO INFINITIVE

e.g. – They investigated the case accurately enough to send the  white collar criminal to jail

– The wind blows hard enough for the children to play outside.

6. ADJECTIVE + ENOUGH  +  THAT  +  CLAUSE

e.g. – I was tired enough that I slept soundly last night.

– The motorists are careless enough that there is often an accident here.

7. ADVERB  +  ENOUGH  +  THAT  +  CLAUSE

e.g. – The writer describes the beauty of the spot descriptively enough that the reader can imagine it.

– This monkey got the bananas on the top of tree fast and skillfully enough that we can’t follow its motion.

8. ENOUGH  +  NOUN  +  TO INFINITIVE

e.g. – He doesn’t earn enough money to live on.

– We have enough time to think of it.

GRAMMAR

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