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big <so it is very /so very> comfortable

Discussion in 'English Only' started by vtg81, Mar 10, 2016.

  1. vtg81 Senior Member

    Italian
    Hello,

    I am taking this test:

    Choose the correct sentence
    A) The keyboard is big so it is very comfortable
    B) The keyboard is big so is very comfortable

    As far as I know the correct answer should be A. Is sentence B considered acceptable?

    Thank you in advance
     
  2. The Newt

    The Newt Senior Member

    USA / EEUU
    English - US
    No, it's not acceptable. The contracted form "it's" might sometimes sound like "is," but the "t" is understood.
     
  3. bennymix

    bennymix Senior Member

    B {revised}* The keyboard is big, and so, very comfortable. would work, in my opinion.
     
  4. PaulQ

    PaulQ Senior Member

    UK
    English - England
    A) The keyboard is big so it is very comfortable so = therefore
    B) The keyboard is big so is very comfortable so = and thus

    I hear it colloquially. Written, it is a little awkward to read, so I would avoid it.
     
  5. Andygc

    Andygc Senior Member

    Devon
    British English
    :eek: Really, benny. Please could you explain that?

    That doesn't address the question, though. I agree with The Newt that B is unacceptable as an answer to the test question.

    Paul, to accept that I'd consider a comma essential "The keyboard is big, so is very comfortable."
     
  6. Glenfarclas Senior Member

    Chicago
    English (American)
    It sounds to me like exactly the kind of mistake frequently made by speakers of Romance languages, in which verbs do not generally require explicit subjects. Sentence B is both incorrect and unidiomatic in American English.
     
  7. bennymix

    bennymix Senior Member

    We are agreed that B in the OP is not satisfactory. Are we also agreed that some elisions--marked by commas--are allowed and just fine. Jane at the piano is wonderful; Jack, awful {'at the piano is' elided.

    The keyboard is a poor, overall; first, it is small and so, very uncomfortable {'it is' elided}; second, the keys 'travel' only one millimeter, hence, are fussy {'they' elided}.
     
  8. Copperknickers Senior Member

    Scotland - Scots and English
    For me, B is perfectly acceptable in informal speech.
     
  9. RM1(SS)

    RM1(SS) Senior Member

    Connecticut
    English - US (Midwest)
    Neither is correct, as they don't have periods at the end.

    The keyboard is big so it is very comfortable. :tick:
    The keyboard is big so is very comfortable. :cross:
    The keyboard is big and so is very comfortable. :tick:
     
  10. natkretep

    natkretep Moderato con anima (English Only)

    Singapore
    English (Singapore/UK), basic Chinese
    Does no-one think that there is some missing punctuation?

    I'd go for:

    The keyboard is big; so it is very comfortable. or ...is big, so it ...
    The keyboard is big, and so it is very comfortable.
     

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