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You are so beautiful girl.

I have read/used this sentence and it looks okay to me.

Nevertheless, the grammar rule of 'placement of adjective' says that After how/so/too, the adjectives go before a/an as in "She's too polite a girl to refuse."

Having this said,

You are so beautiful a girl -is correct!

What do you think?

  • Can you please provide more context as to where you have read this sentence. If you confirm you copied properly or context makes the sentence plausible, I'll undo my downvote. – Laure Mar 11 '14 at 11:06
  • My first reactions: You are so beautiful girl sounds wrong. You are so beautiful a girl sounds fine. And it gave me a strange feeling to say You are a so beautiful girl, immediately I had to change it to You are a very beautiful girl, though I'm not sure exactly why. – Damkerng T. Mar 11 '14 at 15:13
  • "You are so beautiful, girl." addressing a female would be acceptable in many parts of the US – d'alar'cop Mar 12 '14 at 5:38
  • Unfortunately, nobody understood this question! The question is clear - I thought that -you are so beautiful girl (It's my sentence, NO reference) is okay. But then Swan mentions that there should be a - You are so beautiful a girl is correct. But it looks a bit off to me. What do you think? – Maulik V Mar 12 '14 at 5:46
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Source is missing, but no worries. Here are the situations that could be relevant here.

You are so beautiful, girl

"Girl" is used as a term of endearment, or in support, most likely from one woman to another.

You are so beautiful a girl

Is correct, but sounds horrible to me! It sounds quite forced. This would be better:

You are such a beautiful girl

And therefore wins as my preferred option.

I think there is likely an error with the original sentence, as it seems a tad ungrammatical to me.

  • The source is Swan's Practical use of English – Maulik V Mar 11 '14 at 10:13
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    Blimey! Well, I stick by my answer. I don't the original sentence, and I think "such a" is a great way to make it better. – JMB Mar 11 '14 at 10:14
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    @MaulikV. sorry but you didn't make it very clear. I'll rephrase my comment. – Laure Mar 11 '14 at 11:09
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    @Nico. I agree with what you say. Maulik - the "how, so, too" plus "a/an" is pretty formal. For future readers, I think my answer provides a pretty common solution to this type of situation, but as Nico commented, "person" could work. I stand by my "such a beautiful" as the best solution though. – JMB Mar 11 '14 at 21:39
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    +1. I agree that "you are so beautiful a girl" is grammatical, if quite formal sounding. I also agree that the version with "such a" sounds better. For that matter, I also agree that Swan's book is good. Agreement all around! :-) – snailboat Mar 11 '14 at 21:43
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The fundamental issue is that 'girl' is a singular countable noun. In English a singular countable noun must be preceded by a determiner (in 99.99% of cases - there are two or three exceptions). 'You are so beautiful girl' does not have a determiner and does not fall into any of the exceptions, so it is wrong. 'You are so beautiful a girl' has a determiner, so is not (immediately) 'wrong' (on that account, at least - it may be for other reasons).

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From my point of view, I agree that ”You are such a beautiful girl" sounds Ok.

I think that it would also be fine to say:

”You are very beautiful, girl"

When I hear "so", I expect a second statement which should begin with "that"... something like:

"You are so beautiful that I can't stop staring at you."

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