So and Such – Commonly Confused Words

Do you know when to use so and such in English? Let’s sort it out!

so and such - commonly confused words

Both so and such can be used to mean very, and to add emphasis. But they are not interchangeable.

So is an adverb, which means that it can be followed by an adjective or another adverb. It can’t be followed by a noun phrase. This means that the adjective or adverb must stand alone, and not refer to a noun.

This book is so interesting.
This is so an interesting book.

The dog walked so far to return to her home.
The dog walked so a long distance to return to her home.

So can be placed before much, many, little and few to add emphasis. Notice that it can’t be placed before these words when there is a or an.

Carol has so few close friends.
Carol has so a few close friends.

Such can be used in a similar way, but there must be a noun, even if it is preceded by an adjective.

This is such an interesting book.
This book is such interesting.

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