Normally you write, for example,

Life is so fleeting.
She's so beautiful.

"so" is used for emphasis. Can you invert it with an adjective to have more emphasis?

Life is fleeting so.
She's beautiful so.

I think I have seen this kind of use before. Note this question is for written, literary English, not spoken English.

Thank you.

  • What do you deduce? Jul 7, 2014 at 23:19
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    You might be thinking of a usage like It is better so. In this case, so is a synonym for thus, and the sentence means something like It is better this way. But it's not just an emphatic version of It is better. Jul 8, 2014 at 0:34

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No, Zack. You shouldn't do that. Not even in "literary" English. Moreover, "life" in English (even the "literary" kind) is neither "she" nor "he".

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    I don't think Zack meant to imply that life is gendered. Those are separate examples.
    – GMB
    Jul 7, 2014 at 23:39
  • Yes, they're meant as separate sentences. Unrelated. I should have put a newline to make this more clear.
    – Zack Xu
    Jul 8, 2014 at 8:56
  • I don't mean to derail the original topic, but you certainly can personify the abstract concept of "life" and attribute gender to it.
    – Dan
    Aug 31, 2015 at 19:32

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