...as it is

Hi everyone,

Sometimes I hear sentences like: I have enough trouble as it is. Is it correct, if so, than what does this …as it is mean?


As it is = already. The phrase is used when no more X is required or desired.

So you can also say: I have already enough trouble, or I have enough trouble already. What do you mean with X?


Hi Detlef,

“Already” is not a complete explanation for the meaning of “as it is”.

“as it is” implies the context “as the situation is” or “in my current situation”. Sometimes people will use the term “as things are”

We say “as it is” to signal to another our feelings in context of the situation we are in. Look at this sentence;

John, can you help me complete the documentation for this order that has to leave today?
Sorry David, I have enough work as it is!

David indeed means he already has enough work however, is signalling this in context of the current situation he is in.


X = any task, quantity, number of problems, etc, applicable in the context.

Hi Rob,

-It seems to me that John has already enough work. After all, David asks John if he could help him. John replies: I’m sorry David, I have enough work as it is.

Thanks for posting a message.