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Subject: Intensifiers
Question: What is the restriction of using 'so' as an intensifier? In regards to yes/no
questions, tag formation, and negative placement.

Reply: I may be cynical, but this really sounded like a homework question. In any case I also
felt there wasn't enough information to answer this question.
Reply From: Elizabeth J Pyatt      click here to access email
 
Date: 19-Sep-2013
 
Other Replies:
  1. Re: Intensifiers    Susan D Fischer     (18-Sep-2013)
  2. Re: Intensifiers    Geoffrey Richard Sampson     (19-Sep-2013)
  3. Re: Intensifiers    Nancy J. Frishberg     (20-Sep-2013)

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