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  1. It had been snowing too heavily for me to leave the house.

Use enough:

  1. It had been snowing heavily enough for me to stay indoors.

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Source: The Communicative Grammar of English Workbook - Page 14

Why does the author change leave the house into stay indoors?

I understand it (too carries negative meaning \ enough carries positive meaning) so I dislike the result or I hate it in

  1. It is so difficult for me to leave the house due to the much snow.
  2. Positive result (The snow came down to such extent that I couldn't go out, so I would rather stay at home).

Could you please give me another interpretation?

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  • Enough is often positive but it isn't always positive. One example where enough is negative is I've had enough which means "I can't accept any more and I'm leaving/quitting". It's also common to say Enough of this nonsense! which has a similar meaning.
    – Stuart F
    Apr 24 at 13:17

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The first sentence is this:

It had been snowing too heavily for me to leave the house.

If you say:

It had been snowing too heavily for me to stay indoors.

That has the opposite meaning of what you intend to say. It means it was snowing so heavily that you could not remain indoors (you had to go outside).

So you need to substitute something for too heavily. That substitution is heavily enough in your example:

It had been snowing too heavily enough for me to stay indoors.

There are many other ways to express the same idea with very similar words, but if the only thing you can replace in the sentence is too heavily, and you can't make any other changes, then I suppose heavily enough is best.

IMHO, a better construct would be to use so heavily that and you wouldn't have to make any substitutions at all:

It had been snowing so heavily that I could not leave the house.

It had been snowing so heavily that I had to stay inside.

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  • Thank you So why the book does not mention solution page 14 books.google.iq/… Oct 18, 2022 at 5:02
  • All the sentences given there are examples of expressing the same idea in two different ways. They appear to be answers; you don't tell us what the original exercise was. Oct 18, 2022 at 9:01
  • It is clearly obvious in front of your eyes. from the beginning I mentioned it + link Why does the author change ( leave the house into stay indoors? (copied ) The Communicative Grammar of English Workbook - Page 14 Moreover, the photo = question + answer Oct 18, 2022 at 13:41
  • I might have misunderstood the question, so I revised my answer. Oct 20, 2022 at 0:01

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