Is "Not enough of these objects were available" correct, or should it be "was available"? I think the former sounds correct, but if I omit "of these objects" then I tend towards "was".

  • Enough is enough; not 'enough are enough'!
    – Ram Pillai
    Dec 14 '20 at 12:15

In general, "enough" is used countably with countable objects and uncountably with uncountable objects.

Are there enough teaspoons?

Is there enough sugar?



Q: Do we have a sufficient amount of cement?

A: Yes, there is enough for the whole patio.


Q: There are lots of people coming. How are we for wineglasses?

A: There are enough to go around.


You may occasionally see an apparent exception but this can be explained by the underlying grammar.

  • Thank you. So "were" is correct?
    – Eeyore
    Dec 14 '20 at 11:33
  • Yes, that is correct because objects are countable. This is confirmed by the fact that the word "objects" is in the plural. Dec 14 '20 at 11:43

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