Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 2 – Episode 34 – Grammar – Too & (not) enough

At the end of the sentence comes “too” and at the beginning comes “also.”  Also is used as linker that adds information.  This will help a lot of non-NES and NES speakers with papers to create flow.  However, a problem most have, including native speakers, is using the word “too.”

  1. People here are too lazy to walk 400 meters.
  2. Air Asia’s seats aren’t good enough.
  3. People say that they haven‘t got enough free time. (haven’t got is used often in British English: “don’t have” is primarily used in Ame Eng).
  4. I’m happy enough with what I’ve done and achieved today.


We use too to say a person, thing or situation is excessive.

We use not enough to say a person, thing or situation is insufficient.

We use enough to say a person, thing or situation is sufficient.


Additional Rules

Too often comes before an adjective.

Enough comes after adjectives.

Enough comes before nouns.


Task: complete the sentences with the verb to be and too or not enough + the adjectives given.

  1. She isn’t old enough (old) to watch this movie.
  2. This game is ________________(easy). Everybody always wins.
  3. This cartoon __________________(original). It’s just like Dragonball Z.
  4. Michael needs to improve. He _______________(good) to be on the varsity basketball team.
  5. It ___________________(hot) in here.  Can you open the window?
  6. I can’t understand this movie.  The storyline ____________________(confusing)!



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