Such - describes a noun phrase

Example:

  • such a beautiful table
  • such a hard test
  • such nice neighbors
  • such thoughtfulness
  • such hard choices

 

So - describes an adjective or adverb

Examples:

  • so wonderful
  • so nicely done
  • so many choices
  • so far away
  • so early

 

Think it Through...

Compare the two phrases: 

  • such hard choices
  • The choices are so hard!

Explanation: In the first, such is describing choices. In the second, so is modifying hard.

    • such choices
    • so many choices

    Explanation: In the second, so is modifying many, not choices.

    Practice: Fill in the blanks with so or such.

    1. He is ____________ a great cook!
    2. Why do you drive ____________ fast?
    3. The food was _________ hot we couldn't eat it.
    4. It was ________ hot food, we couldn't eat it.
    5. She is __________ an elegant dresser.
    6. She dresses ____________ elegantly.
    7. November is _____________ a cold month.
    8. How can you draw ___________ wonderfully?

     

     

     

     

    Answers: 

    1. He is such a great cook! (Such describes the noun, cook.)
    2. Why do you drive so fast? (So describes the adverb, fast.)
    3. The food was so hot we couldn't eat it. (So describes the adjective, hot.)
    4. It was such hot food, we couldn't eat it. (Such describes the noun, food.)
    5. She is such an elegant dresser. (Such describes the noun, dress.)
    6. She dresses so elegantly. (So describes the adverb, elegantly.)
    7. November is such a cold month. (Such describes the noun, month.)
    8. How can you draw so wonderfully? (So describes the adverb, wonderfully.)