Intensifiers: 'so' and 'such'

Intensifiers: 'so' and 'such'

Do you know how to use the words so and such? Test what you know with interactive exercises and read the explanation to help you.

Look at these examples to see how so and such are used.

She's so interesting!
This is such an interesting book.
A new phone costs so much money these days.
Traffic in the city centre is such a nightmare!

Try this exercise to test your grammar.

Grammar test 1

'so' and 'such': Grammar test 1

Read the explanation to learn more.

Grammar explanation 

We can use so and such to intensify adjectives, adverbs and nouns.

Adjectives and adverbs

We can use so with an adjective or adverb to make it stronger.

It's so hot today!
She looks so young in that photo.
He walks so slowly. It's so annoying!

If we are using the comparative form of the adjective or adverb, we use so much to make it stronger.

They were so much more innocent when they were younger.
I work so much more quickly when I can concentrate.


With a noun or adjective + noun, we use such to make it stronger. 

You're such an angel!
It's such a hot day today!
They're such lovely trousers. Where did you buy them?

However, when we use much, many, little and few with a noun, we use so to make it stronger.

There are so many people here!
I've had so little time to myself this week.

Saying the result

We often use these so and such structures with that and a clause to say what the result is.

It was so cold that the water in the lake froze.
He was such a good teacher that we all passed the exam.
There's so much noise that I can't think!

Do this exercise to test your grammar again.

Grammar test 2

'so' and 'such': Grammar test 2

Language level

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Submitted by dominicvanbuuren on Fri, 27/03/2020 - 02:19

I really learned a lot about topics like "Reported Speech" (which personally I find kind of difficult because of the convertions with the different tenses), and "So & Such". This website is such a great tool for those who want to measure their level, it has several exercises classified by levels of learning. I'm glad of discovering this site!

Submitted by Axel288 on Wed, 25/03/2020 - 03:25

I learned a lot about this topic. Now I can identify how to use ´So´& ´Such´, for example: Im so sad because I can´t see my firend because of Covid-19 :(

Submitted by piyush_bpin on Mon, 23/03/2020 - 19:37

I work so much more quickly when I can concentrate. I can work so much more quickly when I concentrate. To Admin, Are these sentences same in meaning and no error in second sentence? Thank you.

Hello piyush_bpin

As far as I can tell, these two sentences mean the same thing. There's no real error in the second one, though I think the first one is clearer.

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

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Submitted by Jeanbakouma on Sun, 15/03/2020 - 09:06

With this lesson, I have improved my grammar skills on how to use "so" and "such".