How to use SO and SUCH correctly

SO and SUCH:
Which should I use?

I often hear people using the word "such" when they should say "so." So what is the difference between so and such? To find out, first watch this video. Then read the summary and answer the questions at the bottom of the page to practice your English and make sure you've really learned the difference.


​Summary and Examples of Using So and Such

How to use SO: "so" + adjective (when saying it is extreme)

After running a marathon I was so tired.
Waiters in the US are so friendly.
It was not so nice of him to wreck your car.

How to use SUCH: "such a" + adjective + noun (when saying it is extreme)

That was such a good meal.
My sister is such a nice person that she lent me her car.
Australia is such a beautiful country that I want to go back.

How to use SO: "so" + adverb (when saying it is extreme)

He speaks so quietly that I can't hear him.
Usain Bolt runs so effortlessly.
I was surprised he learned how to drive so quickly.​

Note - we also use so (and not such) with much/many/few/little/often/rarely.

Exercises to Practice Using So and Such

Answer each of these questions creatively using either such or so. Write your answers in the comments below to see if you are using them correctly.

1 - How funny is Taylor?

2 - ​Is Roger Federer good at tennis?

3 - How much money does it cost to go to space?

4 - How loudly can you yell?

5 - How far away is the sun?

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