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    so happy as when

    Hello,

    I'm having trouble understanding a very simple sentece. Does 'as when' have a meaning similar to 'since'?

    I've never seen her so happy as when she won the lottery.

    I understand it like this: she won the lottery and became so happy that I can't remember if I've ever seen her in such a state [up to now presumably] .
    Why as when?


    Thank you.

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    Re: so happy as when

    I've never seen her so happy as (she was) when she won the lottery.

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    Re: so happy as when

    Thank you!
    There's still something that makes me a bit puzzled. Would replacing 'so' with 'as' make sense?

    I've never seen her as happy as when she won the lottery.

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    Re: so happy as when

    Quote Originally Posted by Verona_82 View Post
    Would replacing 'so' with 'as' make sense?

    I've never seen her as happy as when she won the lottery.
    It's fine. Some people prefer to use 'so' in place of the first 'as' in negative constructions.

    In affirmative constructions, only 'as' is acceptable:

    She was as happy with that 5 win as when she won the lottery.

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    Re: so happy as when

    Thank you!

    That's exactly what confused me. I wasn't prepared to find 'so..as' in an affirmative sentence. Now I am.

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