Upgrade to ChromeUpgrade to FirefoxUpgrade to Internet ExplorerUpgrade to Safari

Too many rules in English to follow? Not enough time to study? #StudyTip

14th May 2017

Sometimes, learning English can feel like too much work, especially when you don’t have enough time.  But, don’t worry, we are back with another #StudyTip. This week, we are looking at the differences between ‘enough’ and ‘too’.  Do you know how to use them? Have a look at our examples.

We use too to emphasise the negative aspect in a situation.

We can use too like this:

Too + adjective

I don’t want to play sports. I am too tired.

Too many + plural noun

I couldn’t find her at the concert because there were too many people.

Too much + uncountable noun (e.g. too much money/ work/ food )

Our teacher gives us too much work.

We can also use too with to + infinitive to explain why someone cannot do something.

e.g. She is too young to drive.

We use enough to mean that I have ‘as much or as many as I need’. We use not …enough to mean that I have ‘less than I need’.

We can use enough like this:

Adjective +enough

Is your classroom warm enough?

Enough + plural noun

I’ve got enough tomatoes, thanks.

enough + uncountable noun

I can’t talk to you now. I haven’t got enough time.


We can also use not…enough to + infinitive to say why someone cannot do something.

e.g. She isn’t old enough to drive.


Test your knowledge. Leave your answers in the comments below. 

  1. I can’t lift this box because I am not … ( strong )
  2. I left the coffee for a minute to cool because it was…. (hot)
  3. I can’t see her because it’s ….(dark)
  4. We didn’t buy a car because it wasn’t … (big)
  5. You can’t change anything now. It’s … (late)
  6. I haven’t got …… (clothes). I need to buy more.

 For more Study Tips, you can read our Study Tips posts.  

Accreditation, Membership & Exam Centre

Translate 🇬🇧