Exercise 3

Rewrite the sentences using so, such (a), so much, so many.

1It was a beautiful day. We decided to go to the beach.

It was that we decided to go to the beach.

2I was tired. I couldn’t keep my eyes open.

I was that I couldn't keep my eyes open.

3He ate many biscuits. He got indigestion.

He ate that he got indigestion.

4I've got a lot of work to do. I don’t know where to start.

I've got to do that I don't know where to start.

5It was horrible weather. We spent the day indoors.

It was that we spent the day indoors.

6He gave us a convincing excuse. We all believed him.

He gave us that we all believed him.

7We had a lot of fun at the party. We are organising a new one.

We had at the party that we are organising a new one.

8She speaks French very well. You think it’s her native language.

She speaks French that you think it’s her native language.

9The service is very good. The people keep coming back.

that the people keep coming back.

10She had good ideas. Several different companies wanted to employ her.

She had that several different companies wanted to employ her.


 

 

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So, such, so much, so many

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so, such

 

so + adjective or adverb + (that) …

 
We use so + adjective or adverb.

  • Why don’t you try to understand. You are so stubborn!
  • You’re getting on my nerves. Why do you drive so slowly?

We often use so + adjective or adverb + (that)

  • He is so good (that) he gets bored when he plays against me.  
  • John drives so slowly (that) other drivers get impatient around him. 

 

such a + (adjective) + noun + (that) …

 
We use such a + (adjective) + countable singular noun

  • I love her. She is such a brilliant actress.
  • It was such a party! We had a lot of fun. 

We often use such a + (adjective) + countable singular noun + (that) …

  • It had been such a terrible day (that) I just wanted to go to bed. 
  • He is such a liar (that) nobody trusts him any more. 

 

such + (adjective) + noun + (that) …

 
We use such + (adjective) + uncountable noun or plural noun

  • The trip was a disaster. We had such terrible weather!
  • Everybody loves being with Tom. He tells such funny stories!

We often use such + (adjective) + uncountable noun or plural noun + (that) …

  • We had such terrible weather (that) we decided to go back home. 
  • She said such nice things (that) we were all moved. 

 

so and such: meaning

 
We can use so and such to make the meaning of an adjective, adverb or noun stronger (=very/really).

  • Why did you do it? You are so stupid!
  • He was such a terrible father that now his kids don’t want to be around him. 

We can also use so and such to mean ‘like this’.

  • Sorry I didn’t call. I didn’t know it was so important for you. (=important like this).
  • I don’t understand how you could make such a terrible mistake. (= a mistake like this)

 

so much, so many

 

so much + uncountable noun + (that) …

 
We use so much + uncountable noun.

  • Did you see her house? I didn’t know she had so much money. 
  • I wish you wouldn’t spend so much time on the phone.

We often use so much + uncountable noun + (that)

  • She always cooks so much food (that) we have to throw half of it away. 
  • There is so much furniture (that) it’s difficult to walk around the house. 

 

so many + plural noun + (that) …

 
We use so many + plural noun.

  • He couldn’t even walk among so many fans.  
  • You don’t need to repeat everything so many times. 

We often use so many + plural noun + (that)

  • There were so many people at the concert (that) we didn’t really enjoy it. 
  • She had so many problems (that) she just didn’t know what to do.