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High degree pronominalisation
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The deictic element soso, without a complement, can be used for the pronominalisation of a high degree:

Example 1

So kort was sy.
so short was she
That was how short she was.

The near-synonymous element soosas is used in conjunction with so for anaphoric (or cataphoric) references, as in this example:

Example 2

Sy humeur was so kort soos 'n outydse bomlont.
his temper was so short as an old-fashioned bomb.fuse
His temper was as short as an old-fashioned bomb fuse.
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To indicate a high degree of the quality denoted by an adjective, the deictic element soso can be used by way of pronominalisation, without a complement, as in this example:

Example 3

So hoog het dit al gerank.
so high has it already climbed
That was how high it has climbed already.

The near synonymous element soosas cannot be used deictically without a complement, as in:

Example 4

*Soos hoog het dit al gerank.
as high has it already climbed
*As high it has already climbed.

It requires the addition of an equative complement, which incorporates both so and soos:

Example 5

wanneer die water so hoog soos jou kop en hoër na jou aangestorm kom
when the water as high as you head and higher to you on.rushed comes
when the water comes rushing to you as high as your head, and higher

In equative constructions, as in the sentence above, so can be reinforced by the addition of netjust before soin the following way:

Example 6

Sy sal hom vertrou net so ver soos sy hom kan sien.
she will him trust just as far as she him can see
She will trust him just as far as she can see him.

The emphasis added by net so often renders the use of soossuperfluous, so that the sentence may also read:

Example 7

Sy sal hom vertrou net so ver sy hom kan sien.
she will him trust just as far she him can see
She will trust him just as far (as) she can see him.
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