AEE 778: So Versus Such and the Best Way to Eat Lobster Rolls in Maine USA

Do you get confused when you want to use “so” and “such” in English?

Today we’ll clear up your confusion with these words and we’ll tell you where to get the best lobster rolls in New England.

Let’s start with a quick role play:

 

A: So Lindsay you are going on vacation pretty soon right?

B: Yeah I am leaving tomorrow.

A: What are you doing?

B: I am going camping in Acadia National Park and whitewater rafting in Maine.

A: Oh wow that should be so exciting.

B: Yeah it is. I have done it once before.

A: It’s  such a good idea for a vacation, getting active and being outside.

B: Yep it’s my kind of vacation.

 

So in this little conversation how did we use “so” and how did we use “such”?

 

1) So – “That should be so exciting.”

2) Such- “It’s such a good idea for a vacation.”

 

 

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What’s the key difference between “so” and “such”?

We’re going to answer that in today’s episode.

First let’s read the question from our listener.

 

Hi girls, first that all, THANK SO MUCH for your amazing job.  I’m from Costa Rica.

Every day I listen to you, I appreciate your tips and advises, PLEASE keep going forward.

Sometimes I get confused about the using of “So” or “such.”  

If you can give us some tips on how using it correctly, I’ll be grateful.

Regards,

 

Good question!

The difference is straightforward, but when you go out into conversation you might get confused.

That’s why we want to start learning chunks and listening closely to what natives say.

 

Let’s look at what the dictionary says:

Cambridge dictionary: Such is a determiner; so is an adverb.

 

They often have the same meaning of ‘very’ or ‘to this degree’:

Those are such good chocolates. Those chocolates are so good.

 

Such- used with a noun phrase:

  • “You are such a great driver.”
  • “It has been such a hot summer.”
  • “Boston is such a cool city for young people.”

 

Quick quiz- Can we say “Boston is so a cool city for young people”?

No!

Why not?

It’s because “so” is used with adjective or adverb phrases and not with noun phrases and the noun phrase in this example was “a cool city.”

 

So- used with adjective or adverb phrases:

  • “This book is so interesting” (adjective)
  • “Why do you drive so fast?” (adverb)

 

Now, change the phrase to use the other one:

  • “This house is so dirty.”= “This is such a dirty house.”
  • “Potatoe donuts are so yummy.”= “Potatoe donuts are such a yummy breakfast.”

 

Two bonuses to sound more native:

Using so/such to show exclamation

Pronuncation- put more stress on “so” or “such”

  • “You are so crazy.”
  • “This blueberry pie is so good.”
  • “You are such a bad driver.”

 

Another bonus native expression:

Using “ and such”: This means, “and things like that.”

  • “You can put your clothes and shoes and such in this closet.”
  • “In that drawer you’ll find markers and pens and such.”

 

What questions do you have from today’s episode?

Let us know in the comments below.

 

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