Difference between SO and SUCH

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Here you will learn what is the difference between SO and SUCH.

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Difference between So and Such - Transcript

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We’re now going to look at a grammar structure and the difference between so and such which we’re often asked to explain.

They really have the same meaning and so there’s very little difference except that SUCH is used with a noun phrase and SO is used with an adjective phrase.

So let me give you two examples to explain it better.

The movie was such a disappointment, I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone.

Disappointment is a noun.

Such a disappointment – noun phrase.

The movie was so disappointing that I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone.

So disappointing. Disappointing is an adjective.

So disappointing – an adjective phrase.

Let me give you another example.

Your room is such a mess, you really need to tidy it.

Mess is the noun.

Such a mess – noun phrase.

Your room is so messy, you really need to tidy that.

So messy is an adjective phrase.

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Difference between So and Such - Examples

Jim and Mark are such good friends, they never have an argument.

I can’t believe Peter is only 6. He is so tall.

Those people are making so much noise!

He speaks English so quickly, I can’t understand him.

She wears such pretty clothes.

The party next door last night was so loud that I couldn’t sleep.

Sarah is such an interesting person that I could spend hours talking with her. 

It was so late when I got home that I didn’t have dinner.

Barcelona is such a wonderful city.

It was so easy!

We couldn’t play badminton yesterday because it was so windy.

Nobody listens to Jack because he says such silly things.

There’s so much traffic that he won’t be on time.

He put so little salt in the soup that it was tasteless.

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