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    intensifier "so"

    In American English, the word "so" can be used as an intensifier as in the following example.

    a. I know the answer.
    b. *I know so the answer.
    c. I do so know the answer!

    But the question is, where can "so" be insertedd within a sentence, and when is it impossible to insert "so"?

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    It's a failry recent usage- many don't like it. In b), you could say 'I so know the answer'. Older people tend to feel this is not the best English, but teenagers seemto love it. It's also used in British English.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    It's a failry recent usage- many don't like it. In b), you could say 'I so know the answer'. Older people tend to feel this is not the best English, but teenagers seemto love it. It's also used in British English.
    I so think that use of "so" is slanglish. :wink:

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    Re: intensifier "so"

    Quote Originally Posted by Taku
    In American English, the word "so" can be used as an intensifier as in the following example.

    a. I know the answer.
    b. *I know so the answer.
    c. I do so know the answer!

    But the question is, where can "so" be insertedd within a sentence, and when is it impossible to insert "so"?
    most teachers in canada doesn't like students using so in (B); and (c) is only used in verbal form

    well i think (C) and (a) are correct but (b) sounds awkward it sounds as if the speaker has an attitude

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