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    It is so a fat dog

    Could I say 'It is so a fat dog' or 'It is a so fat dog' or 'It is so fat a dog'?
    Which is right?
    Thanks!

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    #2

    Re: It is so a fat dog

    Hi,

    IMO, the last one is OK. As an alternative: "It is such a fat dog".

    charliedeut
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: It is so a fat dog

    Teenagers seem to talk like this.

    Grown-ups tend to say 'It's such a fat dog that it can't walk without starting to wheeze'.

    Rover

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    Re: It is so a fat dog

    Quote Originally Posted by trueheart_205 View Post
    Could I say 'It is so a fat dog' or 'It is a so fat dog' or 'It is so fat a dog'?
    Which is right?
    Thanks!
    That depends entirely on what you mean.

    A: That's not a fat dog.
    B: It is so a fat dog!
    OK; the other versions don't work here.

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    Re: It is so a fat dog

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    That depends entirely on what you mean.

    A: That's not a fat dog.
    B: It is so a fat dog!
    OK; the other versions don't work here.
    May I ask a question here? (I think I've just learnt a new thing here.)
    In your example, the word "so" is used like "really"?

    (I knew "It is such a fat dog." or "It is so fat a dog." are grammatically fine.)

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    Re: It is so a fat dog

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    May I ask a question here? (I think I've just learnt a new thing here.)
    In your example, the word "so" is used like "really"?

    (I knew "It is such a fat dog." or "It is so fat a dog." are grammatically fine.)
    It means, "It is indeed a fat dog". It's an emphatic assertion against someone else who is denying it, as in:

    A: It is not!
    B: It is so!
    I believe Americans prefer "It is too!" or even "It is too a fat dog!"

    By the way, how do you use "It is so fat a dog"?

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    Re: It is so a fat dog

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    It means, "It is indeed a fat dog". It's an emphatic assertion against someone else who is denying it, as in:

    A: It is not!
    B: It is so!
    I believe Americans prefer "It is too!" or even "It is too a fat dog!"

    By the way, how do you use "It is so fat a dog"?
    Hello, Raymott.
    Well, if I understand the structure correctly, 'so', 'as', 'too'... etc are used like this:
    so/as/too + adjective + a(n) + noun

    It is so fat a dog that I cannot lift it.
    It is such a fat dog that I cannot lift it.

    Am I correct?

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    Re: It is so a fat dog

    "It is so fat a dog", isn't proper grammar, (to me).
    I don't feel that any of the original examples were written properly.

    It is such a fat dog, to me says exactly what the the writer is trying to convey, that is, a dog upon visual inspection or impression, is fat.

    The aforementioned suggests American English is being used!

    As always, IMHO
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    Re: It is so a fat dog

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    Hello, Raymott.
    Well, if I understand the structure correctly, 'so', 'as', 'too'... etc are used like this:
    so/as/too + adjective + a(n) + noun

    It is so fat a dog that I cannot lift it.
    It is such a fat dog that I cannot lift it.

    Am I correct?
    It sounds strange in a colloquial sense like this, though technically it's correct. Your sentence with "such" is by far the more common.

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    Re: It is so a fat dog

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    It sounds strange in a colloquial sense like this, though technically it's correct. Your sentence with "such" is by far the more common.
    Yes, I know it is rather formal. (I've read it in a grammar book.)

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