Enough vs. a lot of

If you want to know the difference between ‘enough’ and ‘a lot of’ follow the article.

What Are Their Main Differences?

What are the differences between 'enough' and 'a lot of'? It is an odd question to ask. Why? Because actually these two are separate from each other, and we can examine them one by one not together. Although we can find slight similarities between them. So, the main difference to mention relates to their meanings.

Differences

Structure

  • 'Enough':

can have different grammatical functions. As a determiner it is used before plural countable nouns or uncountable nouns.

You need enough amounts of water per day.

as an adverb, it is used after an adjective or an adverb.

He is not mature enough to run a family.

as a pronoun, we are not allowed to use a noun after it.

It is enough. I don’t want to hear one more word.

  • 'A lot of':

can be a quantifier. It comes before a plural countable noun or an uncountable noun.

Bees make a lot of honey per day.

Similarities

Enough and a Lot of as Quantifiers

  • 'Enough' and 'a lot of':

can be both quantifiers and act as determiners. However, 'enough' can appear as an adverb or a pronoun too.

A lot of cars are produced every day.

You must spend enough money on this subject unless it won't work.

Where They Are Used

  • 'Enough' and 'a lot of':

can be used in negative, affirmative, interrogative sentences.

Tip!

'Enough' means a sufficient amount.
'A lot of' means a large amount.

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