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HI. I´d like to know when I should use "such". I am always cinfuse wich situation I should use. " It´s such a pretty cat" "It´s so pretty doll"..how I can use it? Emotion: tongue tied
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Hey, Luc.

The short answer is this:

You use "so" when you just have the adjective that refers to the object and you don't mention the object itself after the adjective.

For example, "It's so nice!" "That car is so nice!"

You use "such" when the object comes after the adjective. The object needs to be preceded by the article "a" or "an".

For example, "It is such a nice car!" or "It is an excellent report!"

Does that help?

-Haoqide
Hi Haoqide

Thanks a lot for your help. I think I understand this time.

Luc
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You can say also "It's so nice a car", though it sounds a little archaic.

paco
I just thought the same... I have to explain the same thing to my students in a couple of days... and I did not specifically remember that explanation... although I had an idea about it.
Hi! Thank you for your question! I am very happy to answer it. I am an American, and English is my first language.

We use “so” when we are describing an adjective (good, bad, hard, easy, mean, nice). For example, we say “The acting in the movie is so good.” We can also say “The test was so hard”. We can say "She is so mean". "The teacher is so nice". "The dolls are so pretty". "The children are so good".

But when we describe a noun (people or things), we have to use “such”. For example, we can say “He is such a good actor”. We can also say “That was such a hard exam”. "She is such a mean teacher". We can also use "such" with plural nouns. For example, we can say "They are such good children". "They are such obedient dogs".

Here are exercises. Do you use "so" or do you use "such"? Answers are at the bottom.

1. The homework is ____ hard.

2. Mrs. Brown is ____ a good woman.

3. It is ____ a pretty doll.

4. That dog is ___ mean.

5. The girl is ___ beautiful.

Answers:

1. so

2. such

3. such

4. so

5. so

Good luck!! If you have any more questions, please ask.

Thank you!

Colin
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Hi Colin,

Could you please explain more detail about what difference between "such that" and "so that"?!

Thanks Colin!
Hi,

Would you please tell me the difference between 'IT' and 'THAT'? for instance,

Shahzad:Asif,You have been selected in university's entrance test.

Asif:Wow,"That's a great news.

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Can't we say "It's a great news?
Hi,

Would you please tell me the difference between 'IT' and 'THAT'? for instance,

Shahzad:Asif,You have been selected in university's entrance test.

Asif:Wow,"That's a great news.

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Can't we say "It's a great news? You can say 'it'. But 'that' shows that the speaker is paying close attention to what the other person has just said.

it - the thing already mentioned

that - the thing already mentioned, especially when you can observe it in some way or when you are familiar with it in some way.

Here's a simpler and more concrete example.

Person A: Do you each have a car?

Person B: Yes. It's inside my garage.

Person C: Yes. That's my car. (He points to it.)

You can't count news. So don't say 'a great news'. Just say 'great news'.

Clive
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