# Are '' books are too many" and "cats are not enough" correct to say?

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 ...." Nov 16, 2017 at 7:09

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:

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 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. Nov 16, 2017 at 7:33
• oh also i have another quesion. Is "The water is in small amount" correct? 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. Nov 17, 2017 at 4:00