My teacher told me that it should be like "two cups of coffee is too much" and I wonder if it applies here? I understand it's common to say "there're too many books" and "there are enough cats". so my question is : are "books are too many" and "cats are not enough" correct to say? and what should I say if i put "many” and "enough" at the end of sentence.

  • I would consider "Books are too numerous (in this house)". You need something more to follow "Cats are not enough to ...."
    – mplungjan
    Nov 16, 2017 at 7:09

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These sentences are good:

Two cups of coffee is too much.

One cup of coffee is too much.

You can't really say these:

Cup of coffee is too much. [bad]

Cups of coffee is too much. [bad]

Likewise, you cannot say these sentences:

Books are too many. [bad]

Cats are not enough. [bad]

You can use this construction if you specify a quantity for the subject of each sentence. For example, these are all good:

A thousand books is too many.

One book is too many.

A dozen cats is not enough.

Zero cats is not enough.

  • oh! can i say " this amount of water is not enough" it implies quantity
    – Cry-lo Ren
    Nov 16, 2017 at 7:25
  • Yes, you can say This amount of water is not enough. Or A glass of water is not enough.
    – Ringo
    Nov 16, 2017 at 7:33
  • oh also i have another quesion. Is "The water is in small amount" correct?
    – Cry-lo Ren
    Nov 17, 2017 at 1:44
  • No, you have to specify some kind of quantity or amount as a modifier for the subject. And also, you wouldn't say is in small amount ever. Instead people say Water is in short supply or Ten gallons of water is a small amount.
    – Ringo
    Nov 17, 2017 at 4:00

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