General Writing and Grammar Help/emphasis


Is there a way to emphasize the word "so" in a sentence to show it as drawn out like "soooo?"

This question really crosses the line from grammar and usage, but I'll answer it anyway. The common way to do what you want is just the way you've done it here--repeat the o to correspond to the extent to which the sound is to be drawn out.

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Richard Johnson


I specialize in grammar. I can however answer any question except homework questions--usually the same day--concerning English grammar, usage, or (non-fiction) writing style, on the basis of the American practice. All answers are explained, and I encourage follow-up.


I'm a retired editor and a lifelong student of this subject. My library includes a great many works to which I've referred through the years. I currently rely largely on the sixteenth edition of The Chicago Manual of Style supplemented, where appropriate, by Long, The New College Grammar.

For over 30 years I edited the newsletter of my own organization, which had different names but was last known as

BA, Brooklyn College. Advanced studies in economics and political science.

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For many years a member of Mensa.

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