I'm looking for the opposite of using so followed by an adjective.
For example, if I say, "This place never looked so crowded", what would the opposite be ? Could it be something along the lines of one of those ?
- This place never looked any less crowded (not sure that it translates the right idea)
- This place never looked so little crowded (doesn't sound correct)
- This place never looked so not crowded (seems clumsy)
And if the first one is right, how to use it without the negation, as the opposite of "This place is so crowded" ? Would "so not crowded" work better in this context ?
Since my question and my example seem to bring a lot of confusion, I'll try to explain it in an other way.
Saying "This place has never been so crowded" means that it currently is a lot more crowded than it has ever been.
Now what I'm trying to find is the contrary, a sentence that says that it currently is a lot less crowded than it has ever been. Saying "This place has never been so empty" works but I'm looking for a grammatical construct, not vocabulary.
For reference, in French the equivalent of what I'm looking for is "si peu" (Cet endroit n'a jamais été si peu bondé). I was just wondering if the same thing could be said in a similar way in English since I couldn't think of one but considering everyone's answer, I think there just isn't.