1. She is enough strong.

  2. She is strong enough.

Would you explain your explanations in detail? I am confused.

  • The second one is grammatical, the first one is not. That is the main difference. Enough modifying strong should follow strong. "There are enough apples; the apples are ripe enough to eat." – oerkelens Mar 19 '14 at 9:11
  • @oerkelens Comments are for comments. Answers are for answers. – snailplane Mar 20 '14 at 7:01

The adverb enough is a postmodifier. Unlike most adverbs, it comes after the adjective it modifies.

*She is enough strong.

This is incorrect. Enough should come after strong, not before.

She is strong enough.

This is correct. Enough comes after strong.

  • could you also comment on oerkelens' example "There are enough apples"? Is "enough" this example a "noun" as JMB seems to claim in his answer? – Nico Mar 21 '14 at 9:30
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    @Nico That enough is an adjective, and like most adjectives it can appear attributively ("I have enough apples") or predicatively ("These apples are enough"). – snailplane Mar 21 '14 at 9:41
  • I don't think I fully understand all the uses. "She is enough strong" sounds wrong to me, but I don't see why I can't work as an adjective. – Nico Mar 21 '14 at 10:04
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    @Nico Adjectives don't modify other adjectives. As an adverb, enough is a postmodifier. In "strong enough", strong is an adjective, so enough must be an adverb and therefore must come after, not before. – snailplane Mar 21 '14 at 10:32

You can answer your own question by applying the relevant rule of "enough". Here are two useful rules for "enough":

adjective > enough

Ex: She is wise enough to know when she's making a mistake.

enough > noun

Ex: He had enough strength to be able to climb out of the hole.

  • Interesting rule, I hadn't thought of it that way before! You might also explicitly say which of the OP's options is correct, though. – WendiKidd Mar 19 '14 at 23:55
  • You're right, I could. I wasn't being short, I just think that knowledge of basic language constructs (nouns, adjectives, verbs etc) is essential when learning a language. I gave enough for OP to make his/her own decision. For future reference, however, the second is correct. "She is strong enough". – JMB Mar 20 '14 at 0:00

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