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At first, I didn't like her because she was so quiet and so different that I thought we were not able to be friends.

In this sentence, I am curious that the role of 'that~' grammatically.

For example, 'that~' is a adverb phrase and it modifies something in the sentence. Please give me the comment like this format.

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    so ... that = In such a way or to such an extent that, as in 1. The line was so long that I could scarcely find the end of it. In your sentence also it has the same form - she was so adjective that I thought we were not able to be friends. I am not very sure about the role of this that, because the so ... that seems to be idiomatic. If pushed, I would say that that is a subordinator. – Man_From_India Apr 21 '16 at 14:57
  • @Man_from_india: Looks like you are right. Intensifier rather than connector, I think. grammar-quizzes.com/8-9.html – JavaLatte Apr 21 '16 at 18:29
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At first, I didn't like her because she was so quiet and so different...

The first part is the because, or the explanation of why, in the sentence. it's why he didn't like her at first.

I thought we were not able to be friends.

This part is like the result or the conclusion of the sentence. so because of the events explained in the first part, this part can be the result

Now: that takes the first part and points to the second part it's the connector. Because: At first, he didn't like her because she was so quiet and so different that -> he thought they were not able to be friends.

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