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So and such

What’s the difference between so and such? Put simply, we must use ‘such’ with a noun (with or without an adjective beforehand), there must always be a noun. It’s also very common to use the articles ‘a/an’ before the noun. We use ‘so’ before an adjective or an adverb, alone. (Never use an article with ‘so’).

(1) Examples of such with a noun, with articles and no articles. 
  • David and Maria are my favourite students, they’re such good people.
  • I’m such a nice person, I don’t know what to do with myself.
  • You’re such an idiot.
  • We had such a good time, sad that we’re leaving now.
(2) Examples of so with adjectives and adverbs
  • You are so idiotic, it’s insane.
  • I’m so tired of all this nonsense.
  • How was the class? It was so good, I can’t wait until tomorrow!
  • Why do you have to speak to me so rudely?

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