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    the difference between so, that, such, it as pronouns

    Here is a Proofreading & Correction question:
    When the US built its industrial infrastructure, it didn't have the capital to do such.

    The answer is "to do so", and I want to know why "to do that" does not work here.

    I also want to know the difference between so, that, such, it when they refers to something mentioned above a context.


    Thanks a lot!!!

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    Re: the difference between so, that, such, it as pronouns

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    Re: the difference between so, that, such, it as pronouns

    "Such" requires a noun. To do such a thing.

    Grammatically "to do it" and "to do that" are both okay but are not as good stylistically.
    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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