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Such and So

Helen in the sitting room

Such and so can be used for emphasis. For example, 'You're such a goose!' means 'You're very much like a goose!' or 'It's so quiet' means 'It's very quiet'.

such + adjective + noun

He's such a weird bloke.
They're such fantastic cooks.
They are such a happy couple.
She has such lovely kids.

so + adjective/adverb

She's so clever.
They're so rich.
These trains are so slow.
He spoke so passionately.

You can join two clauses together with such.that and emphasise the noun. Or you can use so.that and emphasise the adverb/adjective. You can also leave out 'that', if you want.

so + adjective/adverb

It was such a great party (that) we stayed till 2 in the morning!
She's such an all-round athlete (that) I'm not surprised she won the gold.
He's so mean (that) he didn't even buy her a birthday present.
He works so hard (that) he's bound to be promoted soon.

So can also be used to join two clauses or sentences together and it has a similar meaning to 'as a result'. So is more informal than 'as a result'.

So - conjunction

It was raining so we decided to stay at home.
He wants to pass his exams so he studies almost every night.

Vocabulary :

to have a heart-to-heart: to have an honest and open conversation about your feelings

to start afresh: to begin again, in a new way

a silly goose (informal, affectionate): a foolish person

a weird bloke (informal): a strange man

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