In English class today, I wrote the following sentence:

If Susan had told Tom the truth, he would not be so angry.

It seems to me that "so angry" is not really the best way of saying it. Is "as angry as he is" better? Or do you have any other suggesting?


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When you are writing "as angry as he is" you are using a very neutral form of comparison.

Whereas using "so angry", you are noticing how extremely angry Tom is.

In both case you are saying that the result of the lie is that Tom is angry. But you how you wrote it in class, you underlined that he was very angry.

  • For me, with german as my first language, it sounded a bit to german with the "so". So thank you for the clarification.
    – Lennart
    Jun 30, 2015 at 14:04

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