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“So … That” vs “Such … That”

“So … That” vs ” Such … That” 




“so…that” and “such…that”, both of them,

  • have same meaning in a sentence.
  • are used to explain the result or to explain an opinion about something ( which are mentioned before ).
  • are used to express both the cause and the result of a situation in a sentence.
  • have differences in their use in the sentence.

You can see their use in a sentence below.




“So … That”

1.

“So + Adjective/Adverb + That + Result”

We can use “so” with “adjectives /adverbs + that” to explain the result. And also, it is used to indicate that something happens at extreme points. However, using “that” is not necessary. 

Examples:

  • My child’s room was so untidy ( that ) he could not find anything he was looking for . ( with or without “that”)
  • You are so beautiful ( that ) I can’t get my eyes off you. ( with or without “that”)
  • This machine works so loudly ( that ) I have a headache.

2.

“So + Many/Few + Plural Countable Nouns + That + Result

“So” + Much/Little + Uncountable Nouns + That + Result

We can also use “so” with “quantifiers”(many/few/much/little) + that” to explain the result. However, using “that” is not necessary. 

Examples:

  • The child had so many toys ( that ) he could not decide which to play.
  • She has so few friends ( that ) she always spends time watching TV at home.
  • He eats so much sugar ( that ) he may be a diabetic.
  • There was so little food ( that ) many people died of hunger.

“Such … That”

1.

“Such + Adjective + Noun + That + Result”

We can use “such” with “adjective + noun+ that” to explain the result. And also, it is used to express extreme feelings or an opinion about something.

Examples:

  • She has such beautiful eyes ( that ) I can’t take my eyes off her. ( with or without “that”)
  • It was such a good movie ( that ) many people watched it. ( with or without “that”)
  • It was such an expensive restaurant  ( that )  I decided not to go there anymore. ( with or without “that”)

2.

“Such + Judgemental Noun + That + Result

We can also use “such” with “judgemental noun+ that” to explain the result. And also, it is used to express extreme feelings or an opinion about something.

Examples:

  • No one is such a fool ( that ) he loves death. ( with or without “that”)
  • The baby is such a cutie ( that ) everyone loves her. ( with or without “that”)

For using “so” in English, click here

For using “such” in English, click here

For differences between “so” and “such”, click here

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