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loved so

Post by navi » Fri Aug 31, 2018 3:47 am

1) Tom was the man Jane so loved.
2) Tom was the man Jane loved so.

Those would normally mean "loved so much", but couldn't they also mean "loved in that way"?

Would these work:

3) Jane loved a lot of men, but her love was never sexual except in one case. Tom was the only man Jane loved so/so loved.


4) Jane loved a lot of men, but she never loved anyone in the real sense of the word. Tom was the only man Jane loved so/so loved.

Gratefully,
Navi
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Re: loved so

Post by Bobinwales » Sat Sep 01, 2018 10:23 pm

I wouldn't use either, and would raise my eyebrows if anyone said it to me.
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Re: loved so

Post by Phil White » Mon Sep 03, 2018 10:02 pm

The alternative meaning you suggest is archaic. You will very rarely hear it, if at all.

For the first meaning, you will only really hear your sentence 1, but even that is slightly poetic. In contemporary spoken English, we would pretty well always use "so much".

So Bob is right.
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