so vs very : Common Errors in English

About so vs very

Originally people said things like, “I was so delighted with the wrapping that I couldn’t bring myself to open the package.” But then they began to lazily say “You made me so happy,” no longer explaining just how happy that was. This pattern of using “so” as a simple intensifier meaning “very” is now standard in casual speech, but is out of place in formal writing, where “very” or another intensifier works better. Without vocal emphasis, the “so” conveys little in print.

so Meaning(s)

  • (n) the syllable naming the fifth (dominant) note of any musical scale in solmization
  • (r) to a very great extent or degree
  • (r) in a manner that facilitates
  • (r) in such a condition or manner, especially as expressed or implied
  • (r) to a certain unspecified extent or degree
  • (r) in the same way; also
  • (r) in the way indicated
  • (r) (usually followed by `that') to an extent or degree as expressed
  • (r) subsequently or soon afterward (often used as sentence connectors)
  • (r) (used to introduce a logical conclusion) from that fact or reason or as a result
  • (r) in truth (often tends to intensify)

very Meaning(s)

  • (s) precisely as stated
  • (s) being the exact same one; not any other:
  • (r) used as intensifiers; `real' is sometimes used informally for `really'; `rattling' is informal
  • (r) precisely so

so in News

  1. Iams SO GOOD! Celebrates Real Love at Canada’s First Dog Concert

    On June 8, 2013, Iams celebrated the real love between people and pets at Canada’s first ever concert for dogs by Iams to launch its new Iams SO GOOD! dog food. Hosted at Echo Beach in Toronto, The Iams SO GOOD! Doggie Jam was designed to be enjoyed by everyone in the family and appeal to unique canine senses.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance

  2. 'So You Think You Can Dance' Vegas Week: Head Injury Nearly Ends Journey For One Dancer (VIDEO)

    The most brutal week of the competition was under way this week on " So You Think You Can Dance ." It was Vegas Week, and that meant exhausted dancers, frayed nerves and temper tantrums. And for one dancer, it almost meant the end of the competition.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: The Huffington Post

  3. 'So You Think You Can Dance' host Cat Deeley on this season so far

    Cat Deeley admits that when the 10th season of "So You Think You Can Dance" started she was a bit worried."Actually what's happened is we always go into each season with a little bit of trepidation," she tells Zap2it. "We don't know if we will find talent. It is the 10th season. Have we exhausted it?"Drinking a glass of champagne at a Rockefeller Center restaurant, Deeley says the worries about ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Zap2It

very in News

  1. Pregnancy From Rape Very Rare, Congressman Claims [Video]

    Rape from pregnancy is very rare, according to an argument presented Wednesday by Representative Trent Franks (R-AZ). He was responding to a question during a House Committee on the Judiciary Hearing on his proposed bill 1797 which would ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) asked about making an exception for [...] Pregnancy From Rape Very Rare, Congressman Claims ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Inquisitr

  2. Royals "Very Likely" To Sign Sean Manaea

    Yahoo's Jeff Passan reports the Royals are "very likely" to sign Indiana State left-hander Sean Manaea to a well-over-slot deal. The Royals, according to Passan, are confident that the torn labrum in Manaea's hip won't be a long-term issue. Kansas City is familiar with Manaea's maladay, as Alex Gordon suffered a similar injury in 2009 (Twitter links). The Royals gambled on this year's draft ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: MLB Trade Rumors

  3. ‘Very doubtful’ gun control will be considered in House, says Hoyer

    It's “very doubtful” that tougher gun laws will be considered in the House with Republicans in charge, Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) predicted this week. Although the Read more...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Hill

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