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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #129921: So or such
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    So or such

    As you often say, SUCH and SO are "little words" which can be used to intensify the meaning of the elements they are preceding. They qualify or modify the strength of an adjective or an adverb.

    At first sight, their constructions are not difficult. There are simple rules which usually enable them not to be difficult to handle. In spite of that, I've very often seen them ill-used for decades by Learners who thought they knew how to employ them.

    Let's try once more to do them justice... 


    SO et SUCH: 'so' is an adverb, 'such' is a determiner. They often have the same meaning:

    'very' or 'to this degree'.    



    1) SO ( like 'how') + ADJECTIVE or ADVERB PHRASE: 

    SO+ adjective/ adverb: 

    - Paul's so clever! 

    - Maggie is so patient! 

    - Don't drive so fast! 




    2) SUCH (like 'what' ) + noun phrase (including an adjective, or not) 

    SUCH (+ a/ an) (+ adjective ) + noun: 

    - Paul is such a clever boy! (not a such) 

    - Maggie is such a patient girl! 

    - I had never seen such fast drivers!




    3) SO and SUCH can both be followed by a clause introduced by 'that'. 

    - It was so cold that his breath turned to ice. 

    - It was such a wonderful day that we decided to eat on the terrace.




    4) SO (but not SUCH) can also be used in front of much, many, little, few, to add emphasis. 




    - So much food is wasted every day! 

    (not 'such much food')

    - There are so few doctors in our area that patients must go to hospitals. 

    (not 'such few doctors')

    A very little attention should be enough to master this grammar point, and pass the test with flying 

    colours! You'll see that it's quite easy...

    Go for it!  


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    A.Have you ever seen ? Yes, I even saw many bigger trees in Canada!

    B.We were going to have a picnic tomorrow and I was !
    Unfortunately, the weather is that my parents have given up the idea… I’m !

    C.You’re You shouldn’t laugh at

    D. Her job is that sometimes she has to take a pause. Yet, it’s that she thinks it’s worth the long hours.

    E. My Mum thinks our new neighbour is ! He's he won’t speak to anyone else in the building!

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