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My EFL C1 (CEFR) students are writing an essay on the dangers of parents posting their children's picture on social media. One student wrote this sentence, it doesn't sound quite right, but I can't pinpoint what is wrong:

This practice can disrupt the children´s privacy, even though parents are not enough aware of its danger.

Is it the placement of "enough" or "enough + aware"?

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    This practice can dangerously violate the privacy of children, even without the awareness of their parents. Jun 22, 2020 at 5:22
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    Thanks Jason, that certainly sounds much more natural. Jun 22, 2020 at 5:28
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    Alternatively, "...parents are not aware enough of its danger." "Enough" is more natural coming after the adjective "aware" than before it.
    – Rosie F
    Jun 22, 2020 at 5:42
  • Thanks Rosie. I thought so. Jun 22, 2020 at 5:45
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    I would say "even though the parents are not fully aware of its danger".
    – Hot Licks
    Jun 22, 2020 at 20:44

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This practice can disrupt the children´s privacy, even though parents are not enough aware of its danger.

This sentence isn't problematic because of the use of enough, but because of the use of even though.

even though - In spite of (something).

Given this, the sentence doesn't make sense. The reason is that we expect a negative outcome if we aren't aware of some danger: disrupting children's privacy is such a negative outcome. Because we expect a negative outcome, we can't use "in spite of" or any of its synonyms. If the parents were aware of the danger, then we could use one of these terms.

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"enough" is an adverb that modifies "aware". While there are many exceptions, adverbs usually go after the word they modify, so it should be "aware enough" rather than "enough aware".

Also, "disrupt" is not an idiomatic word to describe what this does to privacy. As mentioned in the comments, more common terms are "compromise" and "violate". We usually use "compromise" when talking about systems (e.g. exploits compromise the security of computer systems), and "violate" when referring to people.

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  • If one wishes to include adjective-modifiers with adverbs, they almost always go before the adjective they're modifying. Very good. Extremely thin. Highly controversial. Pretty close. Frighteningly intelligent. Fiercely competitive. Deeply moving. Endlessly varied. Desperately poor.... Mar 29, 2021 at 15:56
  • Very good point, you're extremely observant and always helpful.
    – Barmar
    Mar 29, 2021 at 15:57
  • So why does the order flip in cases like this?
    – Barmar
    Mar 29, 2021 at 15:58
  • It's almost certainly an aberration evolving from some old phrasing involving a precursor of 'enough'. 'The synonym 'sufficiently aware' has the usual ordering. Mar 29, 2021 at 16:18

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