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    Question "so nice weather" or "such nice weather"?

    Hello everyone,

    It is a multiple choice question:

    - What a beautiful day!
    - Yes, it's _____ that I'd like to go out for a walk.
    (A) so nice weather
    (B) such nice weather.

    The key is (B), but why (A) is wrong?

    Thanks in advance!
    Last edited by Renfei; 03-May-2012 at 17:31. Reason: change prefix to 'answered'.

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    Re: "so nice weather" or "such nice weather"?

    We can say either "The weather is so nice that ..." or "It is such nice weather that ...". We use 'such' before a noun (or adjective + noun) and 'so' before an adjective with no following noun.

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    Re: "so nice weather" or "such nice weather"?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    We can say either "The weather is so nice that ..." or "It is such nice weather that ...". We use 'such' before a noun (or adjective + noun) and 'so' before an adjective with no following noun.
    Thanks. But I am familiar with sentences like "He is so nice a boy." In this sentence 'so' is used before an adjective and a noun. Is it actually wrong or they are different cases?

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    Re: "so nice weather" or "such nice weather"?

    With 'so' followed by an adjective, we can have a noun, but only if that noun is preceded by the indefinite article a/an.

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    Re: "so nice weather" or "such nice weather"?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    With 'so' followed by an adjective, we can have a noun, but only if that noun is preceded by the indefinite article a/an.
    So a/an is the key. I can't say something like "He is so nice a boy" when the noun is uncountable. Am I right?

    Regarding the very first question, can I say "It's so interesting a book that I can't stop reading it" ?

    Thanks again.

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    Re: "so nice weather" or "such nice weather"?

    I realize how weird these rules sound.
    Since "weather" isn't countable, you can't use "a" with it.

    So these are possible. Look at the word order carefully:

    The day was so nice that we took a walk at lunch.
    It was such a nice day that we took a walk at lunch. But NOT "It was such nice a day," and not "It was a such nice day."
    It was so nice a day that we took a walk at lunch.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: "so nice weather" or "such nice weather"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Renfei View Post
    So a/an is the key. I can't say something like "He is so nice a boy" when the noun is uncountable. Am I right?

    Regarding the very first question, can I say "It's so interesting a book that I can't stop reading it" ?

    Thanks again.
    You've got it.l
    It's so interesting a book that...
    It's such an interesting book that...
    The book is so interesting that...

    All okay.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: "so nice weather" or "such nice weather"?

    I see. Thanks, Barb and 5jj!

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    Re: "so nice weather" or "such nice weather"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Renfei View Post
    I see. Thanks, Barb and 5jj!


    I appreciate your making the effort to thank us (and I am sure that Barb does), but it's easier if you just click on the 'Like' at the bottom right of the message concerned. If you write a separate thank you, it appears on the list of new posts, and people think that somebody has posted a new answer.

    ps (later): Since I wrote that, I see that emsr2d2 has 'liked' my post. She has no real reason to say thanks to me for that post, so , in this particular case, she is almost certainly expressing agreement with what I wrote. 'Thanks' and 'I agree' are just two of the things that 'liking' can express. After you have been around the forum for some time, as I hope you will be, you'll get the feeling of 'liking'.
    Last edited by 5jj; 03-May-2012 at 20:15. Reason: ps added

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