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Ne ... pas assez (de) = Not enough (of)

Look at the different way to express ''not enough'':

Je n'ai pas assez de lait.
I don't have enough milk.

Elle ne court pas assez vite.
She doesn't run fast enough.

Il n'est pas assez grand.
He's not tall enough.



Not + [adjective / adverb] + enough  =  ne ... pas assez + [adjectif / adverbe]

 
Note that "assez" is always placed before the adjective / adverb it applies to (unlike in English).
 
 

Not enough (of) + [noun] =  ne ... pas assez de/d' + [noun]

 
Note also that "de" in front of nouns never becomes du, de la, de l' or des.
It will however become d' in front of a vowel or mute h.

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Examples and resources

Elle ne court pas assez vite.
She doesn't run fast enough.


Je n'ai pas assez de lait.
I don't have enough milk.


Ils n'ont pas assez d'argent.
They don't have enough money.


Il n'est pas assez grand.
He's not tall enough.


Q&A

Adrienne

Kwiziq community member

21 May 2017

1 reply

pronunciation of "pas assez" - should the 's' elide into 'assez'?

Laura

Kwiziq language super star

22 May 2017

22/05/17

Bonjour Adrienne,

First, a quick note about terminology: "elide" means to get rid of (as in je + ai = j'ai, the e is elided). But what you're asking about is liaisons: should there be a liaison between pas and assez? And the answer is that this type of liaison is optional: you can pronounce it for more formal French, or not pronounce it for less formal French.

See my lesson on liaisons for more info.
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