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GoT
Posted: Friday, August 8, 2014 11:21:33 AM
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Hi!
Is it possible to say 1) and 2)?

1)I was a big enough fool to believe her. (singular form)
2)We were big enough fools to believe her. (plural form)
rogermue
Posted: Friday, August 8, 2014 11:54:11 AM

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I would say " He's fool enough to do it."
Barely literate
Posted: Friday, August 8, 2014 12:24:36 PM

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rogermue wrote:
I would say " He's fool enough to do it."


Yes, rogermue. It is the safest way in saying it. But the questioner asks about the correctness and acceptability of the OP.

Sorry, GoT . I don't know. Let's wait for a learned native speaker respond.
BasiaB
Posted: Friday, August 8, 2014 12:51:03 PM
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How about, -"I was foolish enough to believe her".
Barely literate
Posted: Friday, August 8, 2014 12:58:43 PM

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Hi GoT,
I got the point what you are asking. Also, I am not sure if this sentence of mine make any sense. Still, I am writing it for the others to comment on.

"I am great enough a fool to believe her."
tootsie
Posted: Friday, August 8, 2014 1:02:10 PM

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GoT wrote:
Hi!
Is it possible to say 1) and 2)?

1)I was a big enough fool to believe her. (singular form)
2)We were big enough fools to believe her. (plural form)




Yes, it is correct and quite frequently used in UK

"am I making a big enough fool of myself yet"

johnsy
Posted: Friday, August 8, 2014 2:57:24 PM

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Yes. It's quite common to say this in BE.
Hebble Tyson
Posted: Friday, August 8, 2014 3:33:14 PM

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It is also quite common to say it in AE.
Orson Burleigh
Posted: Friday, August 8, 2014 4:42:28 PM

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Related to the use of the phrase '...a great enough fool to...,' greatness and folly are often joined in the description of the demand for a particular class of commodity or property at the center of a speculative market bubble as a 'greater fool market.' Examples of greater fool markets are the Tulipmania in the Netherlands of the 1630s, and the U.S. housing bubble which suddenly deflated approximately six years ago.
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