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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: You may have access to the television show "Friends" in which the character Chandler
among others uses "so" in a colloquial way that is becoming acceptable in speech, but
not writing. But I'm not sure any of the constructions you mention are affected by this
novel usage.

I concur with the other panelists who thought that this question reads like a homework
question or school assignment.

If it's not, please resubmit it with couple of examples that show what's puzzling to you.
Reply From: Nancy J. Frishberg      click here to access email
Date: 20-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    Elizabeth J Pyatt     (19-Sep-2013)

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