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    #1

    He's too/ so old to drink.

    1. He is too old to drink.

    2. He is so old to drink.



    I wonder if sentence 2 is grammatical.

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    #2

    Re: He's too/ so old to drink.

    Quote Originally Posted by wotcha View Post
    1. He is too old to drink.

    2. He is so old to drink.



    I wonder if sentence 2 is grammatical.
    #2 is unnatural. #1 is illogical. It's possible to be too young to drink (legally) but as far as I know no country has a legal policy on people not being allowed to drink after a certain age.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: He's too/ so old to drink.

    Maybe it's not talking about the law, but just general health.

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    #4

    Re: He's too/ so old to drink.

    I still think that's illogical. I don't think you're ever too old to drink alcohol!
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    #5

    Re: He's too/ so old to drink.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I don't think you're ever too old to drink alcohol!
    I shinsherely hope not.

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    #6

    Re: He's too/ so old to drink.

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Maybe it's not talking about the law, but just general health.
    I agree with Soothing Dave. http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/0...ing-less/?_r=0

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    #7

    Re: He's too/ so old to drink.

    I agree that the older you get, probably the less you should drink and alcohol has more/different effects on you. However, I still don't think even doctors would say "You are too old to drink at all​" which is what the original sentence implied.
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    #8

    Re: He's too/ so old to drink.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I agree that the older you get, probably the less you should drink
    Balderdash
    Poppycock
    Claptrap
    Hogwash
    Baloney
    Humbug
    Drivel
    Sphericals
    etc

    Not an abstainer

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    #9

    Re: He's too/ so old to drink.

    The site you linked us to contains such absurdities as:

    The National Institutes of Health site says that people over 65 shouldn’t consume more than seven drinks in a week, and that they should have no more than three drinks on a given day.

    The writers of that clearly have serious problems with the English language. The first underlined word should read 'morning', and the second 'hour'. Even with these corrections, the NIH people are a little draconian in their advice.
    Last edited by 5jj; 06-Sep-2013 at 20:06.

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    #10

    Re: He's too/ so old to drink.

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    The site you linked us to contains such absurities as:

    The National Institutes of Health site says that people over 65 shouldn’t consume more than seven drinks in a week, and that they should have no more than three drinks on a given day.

    The writers of that clearly have serious problems with the English language. The first underlined word should read 'morning', and the second 'hour'. Even with these corrections, the NIH people are a little draconian in their advice.
    Remember, you sent all the puritans over here. (And we put them to work in professional hectoring.)

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