Comparative Constructions with 'More','Enough' and Phrases with Time.

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Parents always instruct their kids.

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They keep scolding them if their friend gets more marks, if they are more well behaved etc.

They also keep reminding their kids to do things on time and ask if they’ve studied enough for exams.

Similarly, in English grammar we have many phrases which are used for making comparisons, many phrases are used to depict ‘time’ and many use ‘enough’.

Let’s see how we frame these kind of sentences using different kinds of phrases.

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We will understand all of them with examples. Beginning with phrases using ‘more’.

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The more the merrier.

This phrase is generally used in terms of people. Like in a party, if we have more people, we will have more fun! ‘Merrier’ is the comparative form of ‘merry.’

So, we skip the word ‘people’ and frame a comparison between more people and more fun as “The more, the merrier”.

Let us see one more example using the word ‘more’ for comparative construction.

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The more they argued, the angrier they became.

This sentence means that as they were arguing more, they were becoming more angry at each other. ‘Angrier’ is the comparative form of ‘angry.’

So, we use more for making a comparison between 'argue' and 'angry'.

Now, we have a few expressions we use with ‘time’.

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All these three expressions on time are used differently:-

Let’s see the usage of each expression with examples.

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'It’s high time' is used when something should have been done a long time ago and should be started now.

It’s high time you start studying.

In this sentence, the person should have started studying a long time back. But, at least should start now.

In contrast, ‘It’s time’ is used when it is the time to do something.

Like here, it is time to sleep or to go to bed. So, we use ‘It’s time’.

But, ‘It’s about time’ is used to indicate something that should have been done in the past.

Here, the time for dinner has already passed. So, it should be served now.

Now, let us see phrases using ‘enough’.

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Some commonly used phrases with ‘enough’ are:-

Let us see how to use couple of them in a sentence.

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Please don’t serve me more rice. I already had more than enough.

Here, the person had a lot of food, even more than he could actually eat. So, he says, ‘more than enough’.

We use fair enough when two people agree on something.

Here, it is reasonable that the person doesn’t want to visit his friend but he shouldn’t blame everyone for that. So, ‘fair enough’ is used.

Let us do a quick recap on the comparative constructions and the use of phrases with ‘time’ and ‘enough’!

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We use ‘more’ in our sentences to make comparisons between two things.

It’s high time is used when something should have been done a long time ago and should be started now.

In contrast, ‘It’s time’ is used when it is the time to do something.

But, ‘It’s about time’ is used to indicate something that should have been done in the past.

Some commonly used phrases with ‘enough’ are:-

The End!

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