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Hi teachers,

I have found these two explanations for the word 'so'.

a) It is an adverb that has little meaning except to intensify the meaning it modifies.

b) Possible synonyms: extremely and very.

In these sentences which is which?

a) The special effects were so bad and a couple of actors acted so badly that they walked out in the middle of it.

b) He drove so badly and dangerously that he had three accidents in one month.

c) His arms and legs were so cold that he could hardly feel them.

To me for the sentences given it is only possible 'b' with its synonyms: extremely, very. Am I right?

Thanks in advance
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Extremely and very are adverbs that add more "intensity" to the verbs, adjectives, or other adverbs.

So the 2 definitions are linked.

so bad - bad to the point of ... (I can't stand it, I can't watch it, I WON'T watch it...)

so cold- cold to the point that...(no feeling left, it cracked!, it became gangrenous...)

With so, there are often a meaning of a condition or result that comes with. (sometimes I get the feeling of comparison)

He is so smart. Smart enough for something or to the point of nonunderstanding.

Well, these are only my personal opinion...
Hi holyduke,

Thank you so much for your reply and help.

It is clear now. Emotion: smile

Best regards

TS