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    Is 'They are so pretty girls' ungrammatical?

    1. She is so pretty a girl.

    2. They are so pretty girls.

    3. They are so much pretty girls.


    What I've read on the web is that sentence 2 is ungrammatical

    and just want to know it really is.



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    #2

    Re: Is 'They are so pretty girls' ungrammatical?

    Quote Originally Posted by wotcha View Post
    1. She is so pretty a girl.

    2. They are so pretty girls.

    3. They are so much pretty girls.


    What I've read on the web is that sentence 2 is ungrammatical

    and just want to know it really is.


    2 and 3 are both wrong.

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    Re: Is 'They are so pretty girls' ungrammatical?

    ... and number 1 only really works if followed by something else:

    She is so pretty a girl that all the boys want to date her.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Is 'They are so pretty girls' ungrammatical?

    "She is such a pretty girl" and "They are such pretty girls" both work, but "so" does not.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 25-Sep-2012 at 18:12.
    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: Is 'They are so pretty girls' ungrammatical?

    Quote Originally Posted by wotcha View Post
    1. She is so pretty a girl.

    2. They are so pretty girls.

    3. They are so much pretty girls.


    What I've read on the web is that sentence 2 is ungrammatical

    and just want to know it really is.


    For no. 2; “so + adjective + noun” can’t be used but “so + adjective or adverb” can. Therefore, the second sentence is ungrammatical.
    For no. 3; the pattern is “so + much/little + non-countable noun, and so the sentence 3 is not grammatical. The other one is “so + many/few + plural noun”.

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    Re: Is 'They are so pretty girls' ungrammatical?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    2 and 3 are both wrong.
    Dear bhaisahab,
    Can you explain why the first sentence is not wrong?
    Thanks.
    Whitemoon

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    Re: Is 'They are so pretty girls' ungrammatical?

    Quote Originally Posted by whitemoon View Post
    Dear bhaisahab,
    Can you explain why the first sentence is not wrong?
    Thanks.
    Whitemoon
    "She is so pretty a girl." As emsr2d2 said it's OK if it's followed by something else like this: "She is so pretty a girl that all the boys want to date her."

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    Re: Is 'They are so pretty girls' ungrammatical?

    If so, we can say "She is so pretty a girl" is not grammatical, can't we?

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    Re: Is 'They are so pretty girls' ungrammatical?

    Quote Originally Posted by whitemoon View Post
    If so, we can say "She is so pretty a girl" is not grammatical, can't we?
    No, it's grammatical. It's not very natural on it's own, but it's not wrong in my opinion.

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    Re: Is 'They are so pretty girls' ungrammatical?

    Quote Originally Posted by whitemoon View Post
    For no. 2; “so + adjective + noun” can’t be used but “so + adjective or adverb” can. Therefore, the second sentence is ungrammatical.
    For no. 3; the pattern is “so + much/little + non-countable noun, and so the sentence 3 is not grammatical. The other one is “so + many/few + plural noun”.

    Then 'There are so many pretty girls around me, and it makes me feel happy' is grammatical?

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