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Grammar Challenge
 

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Tell us about an interesting outing or trip somewhere - it might be to a restaurant, a tourist attraction or even another country. Use 'so' and 'such' to talk about reason and result.

We'll publish our favourite five entries.

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Jess, Malaysia
Pulao Redang was such a beautiful and romantic beach that I always think to have a second trip. The sea there was so clear that you can see the fish passing by clearly. Besides, the coral under the sea was so colourful and amazing that I could never forget after the first glance.

Catherine says:
Hello Jess! I hope I get to visit Pulao Redang some day - it sounds absolutely stunning!

You have used 'so' and 'such' very competently in your comment, Jess - well done!

Let's have a quick look at one or two of your phrases, Jess. In this one, you wrote: 'Pulao Redang was such a beautiful and romantic beach that I always think to have a second trip'. This would probably sound better like this:

'Pulao Redang was such a beautiful and romantic beach that I'm always thinking about having a second trip'.

And this sentence: '...the coral under the sea was so colourful and amazing that I could never forget after the first glance.' could be improved by writing:

'...the coral under the sea was so colourful and amazing that since the very first glance, I have never forgotten it.'

Keep logging on to Grammar Challenge, Jess!
Catherine



Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh
Cox's Bazar has the largest sea shore in the world. It is so fascinating that will attract you. It is such an beautiful place that you can see the beauty of nature. You can see sun rising and sun set from this place. Waves of the sea is so high that will thrill you. All the things of this place so beautiful that your mind will not want to leave this place. and the belongings of this place are such good people that you will really astoniced. So, don't forget to visit Cox's Bazar.

Catherine says:
Hello there! You haven't given your name, but your comment about Cox's Bazar was so interesting that we just had to publish it!

The first thing I'd like to mention is that you need a subject in the second part of your 'so' or 'such' sentence. So this sentence: 'It is so fascinating that will attract you' should read:

'It is so fascinating that it will attract you.'

And this one has a similar problem: 'Waves of the sea is so high that will thrill you.' should read:

'The waves of the sea are (not 'is') so high that they will thrill you.'

There are couple more things I'd like to point out. First, don't forget that this sentence needs a verb: 'All the things of this place are so beautiful...'

'It is such an beautiful place...' should read 'It is such a beautiful place...'

And I think that the ideas in this sentence could be expressed a little differently: 'the belongings of this place are such good people that you will really astoniced.' It might sound better if you said:

'the locals are such good people that you will be really astonished (not 'astoniced').'

Thanks again for your comment! Catherine



M. Elena Mignosi, Italy
Erice is a dream place to visit in Sicily not so far from Palermo, the city where I live. It's a little town from the Middle Ages settled on the top of a mountain with a wonderful view all over the sea. It has such a good position, that you can take a look over the three Egadi Islands (Levanzo, Favignana and Marettimo). The town is so quiet and charming, that it appears specially lean for romantic dates. Another thing to mention is Maria Grammatico's bakery, where you will find so delicious "cassatelle" to taste with a good italian coffee, that you won't forget the nice trip.

Catherine says:
Hello there Elena! Erice sounds absolutely beautiful, and your use of English is pretty impressive too - well done!

We do need to take a look at one of your 'so' and 'such' sentences again, though. Look again at this one: '...you will find so delicious "cassatelle" to taste with a good italian coffee, that you won't forget the nice trip.' Now, 'delicious "cassatelle"' is a noun phrase, so you should have used 'such' instead of 'so', like this:

'...you will find such delicious "cassatelle" to taste with a good italian coffee, that you won't forget the nice trip.'

And don't forget to use a capital letter I when you write 'Italian'!

Now I'd like to turn to vocabulary for just a minute. You wrote: 'The town is so quiet and charming, that it appears specially lean for romantic dates.' The word 'lean' doesn't really work in this sentence; you might be better off using a word like 'suitable' or 'appropriate' or 'just right', like this: 'The town is so quiet and charming, that it's just right for romantic dates.'

Lovely to hear from you, Elena!
Catherine



Parva, Iran
My husband and I had such a nice travel to Thailand last year. It was so exciting. There were such beautiful temples there that we saw them several times. We tried so many delicious Thahi foods that we could not stop eating them, and we met some new people during our trip who were so friendly.

Catherine says:
Hello there Parva, and thanks for telling us about your trip! Your comment demonstrates the correct use of 'so' and 'such' beautifully - well done!

There's only one thing I'd like to point out, Parva: 'travel' is a general noun (as well as a verb), but when you are talking about a specific event that involves travel, you should use a noun like 'trip', 'journey', or 'holiday'. So your first sentence should read something like:

'My husband and I had such a nice trip to Thailand last year.'

I'm so pleased you enjoyed Thailand, Parva!
Catherine



Mohsin, Pakistan
My leaves very over due so I decided to visit London with my family in April 2006. It was such an exciting tour that I have many good memories of it. Madam Tussaud's was so amazing that every statue was made with such attention to detail that it seems real.

Catherine says:
Hi Mohsin! I'm glad to hear you enjoyed London - and especially pleased that you liked Madam Tussaud's (a kind of museum, where you can see very life-like wax models of famous people).

I'd like to look at this part of your paragraph: 'Madam Tussaud's was so amazing that every statue was made with such attention to detail that it seems real.' You have put two constructions with 'so' and 'such' together in the same sentence, but the second one begins before the first one has finished - you haven't given the first result, before you start talking about the second cause.

You can correct this by writing something like:

'Madam Tussaud's was so amazing that we spent almost the whole day there. Every statue was made with such attention to detail that it seemed (not 'seems') real.'

Thanks for your comment, Mohsin!
Catherine




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