so vs very :

so or 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.

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  • n  the syllable naming the fifth (dominant) note of any musical scale in solmization
  • r  to a very great extent or degree
    the idea is so obvious
    never been so happy
    I love you so
    my head aches so!
  • r  in a manner that facilitates
    he observed the snakes so he could describe their behavior
    he stooped down so he could pick up his hat
  • r  in such a condition or manner, especially as expressed or implied
    They're happy and I hope they will remain so
    so live your life that old age will bring no regrets
  • r  to a certain unspecified extent or degree
    I can only go so far with this student
    can do only so much in a day
  • r  in the same way; also
    I was offended and so was he
    worked hard and so did she
  • r  in the way indicated; (`thusly' is a nonstandard variant)
    hold the brush so
  • r  (usually followed by `that') to an extent or degree as expressed
    he was so tired he could hardly stand
    so dirty that it smells
  • r  subsequently or soon afterward (often used as sentence connectors)
    and so home and to bed
  • r  (used to introduce a logical conclusion) from that fact or reason or as a result
    the witness is biased and so cannot be trusted
  • r  in truth (often tends to intensify)
    he did so do it!

  • s  precisely as stated
    the very center of town
  • s  being the exact same one; not any other:
    on this very spot
    the very thing he said yesterday
    the very man I want to see
  • r  used as intensifiers; `real' is sometimes used informally for `really'; `rattling' is informal
    she was very gifted
    he played very well
  • r  precisely so
    on the very next page
    he expected the very opposite
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