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Exclamations: 3... completed
The EXCLAMATIVES.... completed!
1) HOW + ADJECTIVE ( + SUBJECT + VERB ) !
- WHAT + INDEFINITE ARTICLE + ADJECTIVE + NOUN ( + SUBJECT + VERB ) !
( in the plural, the indefinite article is 0)
- How splendid this sand castle is!
- What a splendid sand castle this one is!
2) SO + ADJECTIVE (+ SUBJECT + VERB) !
- IT ' S SUCH + INDEFINITE ARTICLE + ADJECTIVE + NOUN!
(In the plural, the indefinite article is 0 here too.)
- This car is so fast!
- It's such a fast car! => They're such fast cars!
3) Exclamative words often introduce subordinates expressing a consequence:
- This car is so fast that we can't overtake it!
- It's such a fast car that I hardly saw it when it passed us!
A sea lion Dancing dolphins Sea lions
4) In very formal written English, you may happen to meet SO/HOW used with a different word order: most of the time, at your level, you simply have to recognize what they are and correspond to:
- It is so big a book that he can hardly carry it ! = It's such a big book that he can hardly carry it.
- How difficult an exercise this one is! I can't do it! = What a difficult exercise this one is ... I can't do it!
Though looking quite 'unnatural' to most of you, this is the correct grammatical norm of this form and then, this word order has to be used, if required.
, in the following exercise, we are going to mix the different exclamative forms... You have to find them and put the convenient ones in the right places...
Killer Whales or ORCAS
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