SO + adjective + AS + TO-infinitive

The English Grammar Profile C2 Point 123 in the category of CLAUSES/comparatives is defined as:

so’ + adjective + ‘as’ + ‘to’-infinitive clause, usually in formal contexts.


It also relates to Pearson’s GSE 80 C1

very polite requests

Example:

Would you be so kind as to lend me some money?


iWeb search for:

so _J as to _VVI

1 SO BOLD AS TO SAY 147

a polite way of asking for or suggesting something when you do not want to offend someone that might find something rude.

2 SO KIND AS TO GIVE 112
3 SO KIND AS TO SEND 108
4 SO KIND AS TO TELL 107

5 SO NAIVE AS TO THINK 98

further collocates 4 left and right:

1 THAT 68
2 NOT 43
3 I’M 13

  Coda Story
But I’m not so naive as to think that it doesn’t exist.
8 Jan 2021

6 SO KIND AS TO SHARE 94
7 SO GREAT AS TO MAKE 83
8 SO BOLD AS TO SUGGEST 82

I wondered if I could be so bold as to suggest a possible solution.

listen

9 SO BOLD AS TO ASK 75
10 SO KIND AS TO PROVIDE 70
11 SO NAIVE AS TO BELIEVE 63
12 SO KIND AS TO HELP 54
13 SO KIND AS TO POST 50
14 SO KIND AS TO TAKE 50
15 SO KIND AS TO LET 49
16 SO SEVERE AS TO CAUSE 49
17 SO SMALL AS TO MAKE 48
18 SO HIGH AS TO MAKE 41
19 SO KIND AS TO EXPLAIN 40
20 SO LOW AS TO MAKE 40
21 SO STUPID AS TO THINK 40
22 SO STUPID AS TO BELIEVE 39
23 SO HIGH AS TO CAUSE 37
24 SO ARROGANT AS TO THINK 37
25 SO FOOLISH AS TO THINK 37
26 SO KIND AS TO OFFER 37
27 SO FOOLISH AS TO BELIEVE 35
28 SO KIND AS TO POINT 35
29 SO LARGE AS TO MAKE 34
30 SO LUCKY AS TO GET 33
31 SO GOOD AS TO GIVE 32
32 SO BAD AS TO MAKE 30
33 SO BOLD AS TO MAKE 30
34 SO KIND AS TO SHOW 30
35 SO KIND AS TO LEAVE 29
36 SO FORTUNATE AS TO FIND 28
37 SO KIND AS TO MAKE 28
38 SO GOOD AS TO SEND 26
39 SO BOLD AS TO CLAIM 26
40 SO GREAT AS TO RENDER 25
41 SO LUCKY AS TO FIND 25
42 SO BOLD AS TO CALL 24
43 SO SEVERE AS TO REQUIRE 24
44 SO KIND AS TO ANSWER 23
45 SO GREAT AS TO OUTWEIGH 23
46 SO GREAT AS TO CAUSE 23
47 SO GOOD AS TO TELL 22
48 SO KIND AS TO PUT 22
49 SO GREAT AS TO REQUIRE 21
50 SO STRONG AS TO MAKE 21

C1 vocabulary:

naive, outweigh, render