Using So & Such – English Grammar Lesson

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This has been such a warm week. It was so warm today, that I saw people walking on Broadway wearing just T-shirts. It’s hard to believe it is really February. It was so cold last winter, and we had so much snow. However this year, we have had so little snow or rain. I heard on the news that scientists are saying that since we have had such a mild winter, we may have a lot more insects this summer. That’s not so good!  

So and such have similar meanings, but are used differently. Do you know how to use these words? Have a look at the paragraph above and then check your understanding with the quiz at the end of the lesson.

We use so with adjectives to mean “very”. The structure is [so]+[adjective]. Here are some examples:

  • It was so warm today, that I saw people walking on Broadway wearing just T-shirts.
  • It was so cold last winter in New York.
  • I’m so happy you are studying with me here

We use such with adjectives before nouns to mean “very”. The structure is [so]+[adjective]+[noun]. Here are some examples:

  • This has been such a warm week.
  • We had such a mild winter this year.
  • My sister Lori is such a busy person.

If you can remember these two patterns, you will be ok. Try the quiz below and check your understanding

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