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So or Such
So or Such:
Such is a determiner, so is an adverb. They often have the same meaning of "very" or "to this degree".
-Those are such good cakes.
-Those cakes are so good.
We use such + noun phrase and so + adjective or adverb phrase.
-She is such a great teacher. Not ... (she is so great teacher).
-That was so ridiculous. Not ... (that was such ridiculous).
-Why do you drive so slow. Not ... (why do you drive such slow).
So + adjective
-She is so kind.
-It was so hot we couldn't go out.
Such + noun phrase
-She is such a kind person.
-November last year was such a hot month.
So but not such can also be used in front of much, many, little, few to add emphasis.
-So much food is wasted. Not ... (such much food is wasted).
-In the old days there were so few facilities in this area. Not ... (there were such few facilities).
Errors that are typical:
Such and not so is used before a noun, even if there is an adjective before the noun.
-They're such snobs! They won't speak to anyone. Not ... (they're so snobs).
-Those are such nice socks. Where did you buy them? Not ... (those are so nice socks).
Such and not so is used before a noun phrase with the indefinite article a/an.
-This is such a beautiful house. Not ... (this is so a beautiful house).
So and not such is used before adjectives.
-Thank you. You're so kind. Not ... (you're such kind).
So and not such is used before adverbs.
-She always talks so sweetly. Not ... (she always talks such sweetly).
Don't disturb me; I am so tired!
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