When I received your email, I was so much glad.

Do you think that, in above sentence, the use of "so much" is correct? What should I use? If I use, "so" instead of "so much", does the meaning of sentence remain same? Please tell when "so" is used, and when "so much" is used.

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  • The correct syntax is: "Wow. So email. Much receive. Wow."
    – user139454
    Oct 27, 2015 at 14:29
  • ... I was SO glad. Here, "so" is operating as an adverb and would receive the same punctuation rules of other adverbs. Review your sentence and determine whether SO is operating as a conjunction or an adverb. The rest will make sense with a little practice.
    – Stu W
    Oct 27, 2015 at 14:36
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    This is an English idiom. You can say "so very glad," but "so much glad" would identify you as a foreign learner.
    – Stu W
    Oct 27, 2015 at 14:41

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SO is a coordinating conjunction equivalent to "and," "but," and "or." It follows the same punctuation rules. Other forms of SO are different parts of speech. SO THAT specifically does not require a comma when used preceding the predicate part of a sentence. SO MUCH is an adverbial phrase (in every context I can think of) and would not require a comma on either side. You can usually avoid the word "that" following SO MUCH. "I love you so much that I would die for you" verses "I love you so much I would die for you." SO MUCH modifies the verb "love."

  • Is this an archaic form, or do people use 'so' in this fashion? The kids enjoyed laughing so, at some of the funny faces I had made. Nov 28, 2021 at 7:46

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