Example: The turnips had been so {adjective} that they were coveted.

I tried http://www.thesaurus.com/browse/so?s=t but these don't denote defn. 1 of so as a submodifier, to mean 'to such a great extent'. I want to preserve this sentence structure and avoid rewrites like:

The turnips had been {adjective}   to a degree/an extent/a manner  that they were coveted.

  • You mean like "so rare they were coveted", or "... so hyped they were coveted", or "so big they were covered" or "so tasty they were coveted" or "so well-cultivated they were coveted"? I don't see anything problematic with constructions like these. Or am I misunderstanding your question? – Dan Bron Jan 28 '15 at 1:04
  • @DanBron Yes, exactly, these all exemplify the example sentence. You're right that nothing is wrong, but I just want to use other synonyms other than 'so'. – NNOX Apps Jan 28 '15 at 1:08
  • "The turnips, being quite tasty, were coveted" – Dan Bron Jan 28 '15 at 1:11

"So" is an intensifier and with respect to having synonyms that could simply be "plugged in" as substitutes without changing the sentence structure, it's pretty much a loner.

You could, however, write a similar sentence using so's adverbial "cousin" such.

Such {ADJ} turnips were coveted.
The turnips were coveted for being such a(n) {ADJ} food.

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You could flip the sentence around:

The turnips were coveted because they were {adjective} .

Hope this helps

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