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English definition of “in so many words”

in so many words

directly , or in a way that makes it very clear what you mean : "Did he say he was unhappy with Anna?" "Well, not in so many words but that was certainly the impression I got." I told her, in so many words, to stop interfering .Accurate and exact Grammar:ManyWe use many to refer to a large number of something countable. We most commonly use it in questions and in negative sentences:Grammar:Much, many, a lot of, lots of: quantifiersWe use the quantifiers much, many, a lot of, lots of to talk about quantities, amounts and degree. We can use them with a noun (as a determiner) or without a noun (as a pronoun).Grammar:Much, many with a nounWe use much with singular uncountable nouns and many with plural nouns:Grammar:A lot of, lots of with a nounWe use a lot of and lots of in informal styles. Lots of is more informal than a lot of. A lot of and lots of can both be used with plural countable nouns and with singular uncountable nouns for affirmatives, negatives, and questions:Grammar:Much, many, a lot of, lots of: negative questionsWhen we use much and many in negative questions, we are usually expecting that a large quantity of something isn’t there. When we use a lot of and lots of in negative questions, we are usually expecting a large quantity of something.Grammar:Much, many, a lot, lots: without a nounWe usually leave out the noun after much, many and a lot, lots when the noun is obvious:Grammar:Much with comparative adjectives and adverbs: much older, much fasterWe can use much before comparative adjectives and adverbs to make a stronger comparison:Grammar:Too much, too many and so much, so manyGrammar:As much as, as many asWhen we want to make comparisons connected with quantity, we use as much as and as many as:Grammar:Much, many and a lot of, lots of: typical errors
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