Learn how to use "tan... que" in Spanish
In Spanish the structure:
is used to express what in English would be:
[verb] + so [adjective/adverb] that [sentence]
Have a look and listen to the following examples:
This structure doesn't work when we invert the sentence, i.e. first the consequence and then the cause:
He is so handsome that he always has admirers around him.
Que siempre tiene admiradores alrededor es tan guapo.
Be careful not to confuse this construction with the comparative structure:
Tan [adjective/adverb] como... = As [adjective/adverb] as...
Remember that adjectives need to agree with what they are modifying:
Su camisa está tan sucia que debe lavarse ya.
His shirt is so dirty that it must be washed straight away.
Estos chicos son tan altos que chocan con el techo.
These guys are so tall that they touch the ceiling.
Sometimes we use the same structure in shorter exclamatory sentences:
Here are some examples:
See also Using tan ... como = as ... as (comparatives with adjectives and adverbs) and Exclamatory sentence in Spanish: qué + noun + más/tan + adjective
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