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    that + adjective

    I just want to know whether the above structure exists
    For example: How could you do it that easy/quick?
    I remember hearing a similar sentence, but I'm not very sure

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    Re: that + adjective

    Re: How could you do it that easy/quick?
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    The phrase 'that easy' is another way of saying as easy as that:


    • How could you do it as easy as that? / as easily as that?
    • How could you do it that easy? / that easily?

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    Smile Re: that + adjective

    Quote Originally Posted by ha179 View Post
    I just want to know whether the above structure exists
    For example: How could you do it that easy/quick?
    I remember hearing a similar sentence, but I'm not very sure
    ♥♦♣♠ NOT A TEACHER ♥♦♣♠
    That + adjective is similar to so + adjective, and yes - this structure exists, especially in informal use, for emphasis.

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    Re: that + adjective

    Is it also correct to say:
    How could you do it so easy?


    I thought so and that were interchangeable here.

    Cheers!

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    Re: that + adjective

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Is it also correct to say:
    How could you do it so easy?

    I thought so and that were interchangeable here.
    With both so and that I consider only the adverb correct:

    How could you do it so easily?
    How could you do it that easily?

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    Re: that + adjective

    Oh, you're right.

    So in these examples both so and that are correct?
    Don't be that silly.
    Don't be so silly.

    (You heard he was sick, but you're not sure if he's so/that sick:)
    Is he really that sick?
    Is he really so sick?

    (Someone says, "They play very fast", and you ask this question:)
    Can they play so fast?
    Can they play that fast?


    Cheers!

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    Re: that + adjective

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    So in these examples both so and that are correct?
    Don't be that silly......Don't be so silly.

    (You heard he was sick, but you're not sure if he's so/that sick:)
    Is he really that sick?.....Is he really so sick?

    (Someone says, "They play very fast", and you ask this question:)
    Can they play so fast?.....Can they play that fast?
    Both are acceptable in all three. Some people would go for one, and some for the other - it's a personal choice.

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    Re: that + adjective

    So can both adjective and adverb be used in this structure?
    Can someone give me the final answer?

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    Re: that + adjective

    Quote Originally Posted by ha179 View Post
    So can both adjective and adverb be used in this structure?
    Can someone give me the final answer?
    It depends on the dialect. North American speakers, for example, are known for dropping the -ly; e.g., How could you do it that/so quick(ly)? Whether or not it is considered good form depends on who you ask. In formal contexts (exams, essays, formal speeches, and so on) keeping the -ly (quickly) wouldn't hurt.

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    Re: that + adjective

    Can someone give me the final answer?
    If you mean the definitive answer, ha179, you'll find that in English, there rarely is one, for the reasons that Soup has listed.

    Rover

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