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    #1

    so vs. such

    a. It took *so* much time to get to the airport.
    b. It took *such* much time to get to the airport.

    I know sentence a is correct. However, according to the grammar book, *such* is used with a noun while *so* is used with an adjective/adverb. The word, "time" is a noun in the sentence, isn't it?

    And another example: SO many surprising stories vs. SUCH a surprising story.
    These two phrases are very similar, but either so or such should be used respectively. Can you explain why?







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    #2

    Re: so vs. such

    When you say "the grammar book", to which are you referring? Some grammar books give bad advice, and some are not totally clear.
    In any case, yes 'time' is a noun, but 'much' isn't.
    To your other example:
    'So' is used before 'many'. What does your grammar say about 'such' before a determiner, such as 'a'?

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    #3

    Re: so vs. such

    We don't use "such much".

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    #4

    Re: so vs. such

    What is much doing in the sentence? WE wouldn't say so time, which means it has to be doing something there.

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