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    so that

    Isn't there a difference between these two sentences:
    1-I didn't buy that book from your dad so that you can read it.
    2-I didn't buy that book from your dad, so that you can read it.

    I think 1 means I bought it, but not for you to read it (most probably to read it myself), while 2 means I didn't buy it from your dad and that because I wanted you to read it.
    Am I correct?
    Is the comma absolutely necessary if the second meaning is intended?
    Last edited by navi tasan; 09-Mar-2005 at 20:34.

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    Re: so that

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan
    Isn't there a difference between these two sentences:
    1-I didn't buy that book from your dad so that you can read it.
    2-I didn't buy that book from your dad, so that you can read it.

    I think 1 means I bought it, but not for you to read it (most probably to read it myself), while 2 means I didn't buy it from your dad and that because I wanted you to read it.
    Am I correct?
    Is the comma absolutely necessary if the second meaning is intended?
    Personally, I wouldn't put a comma in there. The meaning is still the same whether you put the comma or not:

    I din't buy the book with the intention of just you reading it.

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