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    #1

    That will be so fun.

    L43 Have a Good Summer!
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    Jenny: What are you going to do for the summer? Do you have any plans?
    Danny:Yes, I have big plans. My uncle has a house near the lake. I’m going to stay with his family for one month.
    Jenny: Wow! That will be so fun.
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    (English for Fun 7B, an English textbook for junior high school students in China, published by DC Canada Education Publishing and Hebei Education Press)

    I wonder if the ‘so fun’ in the last sentence should be ‘much fun’ , ‘great fun’ or ‘a lot of fun’.

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    #2

    Re: That will be so fun.

    Technically, "so fun" is incorrect, but you will hear it from natives.

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    #3

    Re: That will be so fun.

    "So fun" is entirely natural. So is "a lot of fun". "Much fun" and "great fun" are incorrect in American English.
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    #4

    Re: That will be so fun.

    For speakers of BrE, 'so fun' is not natural. We'd probably use 'great fun' or 'such fun'

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    #5

    Re: That will be so fun.

    In Canada the substitution of "so" for "very", "much" or "great" started out as teen talk and then spread to little kids. And of course people grow up and keep saying it. But it still has a vaguely childish air to it. (I could be showing my age, though.)

    "Great fun" is a little old-fashioned. "A lot of fun" and "so much fun" are natural and uncoloured.
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    #6

    Re: That will be so fun.

    I agree that so fun sounds a little bit childish and I don't think great fun sounds especially old-fashioned.

    I'd say so much fun sounds more natural than such fun.

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    #7

    Re: That will be so fun.

    I should have said so fun was natural in the context of a seventh-grader's writing. It's not uncommon in the speech of older Americans, but it has a decidedly casual feel.
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