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hi people i have a doubt. What īs the correct,
There aren īt enough buses or there aren īt buses enough?
And for uncountable like.. there isn īt enough time or time enough?

1 Sep 2015      


In many ways, both are correct. In some ways, it is just a matter of personal style. 
For example ---
There aren īt enough buses to take everybody to the museum at once. -- Here, the emphasis is on the fact that many people want to go to the museum but the transportation is insufficient.
There aren īt buses enough to take all the population of Beijing to The Great Wall at one time --- Here, the emphasis is on the ridiculousness of the idea that someone could actually PLAN on taking every resident of Beijing to The Great Wall by bus.
 But either one is correct. It really is just a matter of personal style --
BUT!! For every day purposes, the first one is probably what more native English speakers would use.   In my opinion, anyway.  

1 Sep 2015     


As a rule, enough stands before a noun but after an adjective or adverb. E.g. There are not enough buses in this town and they don īt go fast enough. Same with uncountables. Noun + enough sounds old-fashioned, although time enough still seems to be common. (Time enough to do/for doing something)

1 Sep 2015