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    Default The rope is so the search party can find their way back out of the cave

    Hi,

    Does the sentence below make sense?

    The rope is so the search party can find their way back out of the cave.

    Many thanks.

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    Default Re: The rope is so the search party can find their way back out of the cave

    Not a teacher.

    Makes sense to me.

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    Default Re: The rope is so the search party can find their way back out of the cave

    Thanks. But, is it grammatically correct?

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    Default Re: The rope is so the search party can find their way back out of the cave

    Yes. I don't see any grammar problems.

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    Default Re: The rope is so the search party can find their way back out of the cave

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Yes. I don't see any grammar problems.
    I know what it is trying to say but is not grammatically correct.

    The rope is so (that)the search party can find their way back out of the cave. wrong

    correct:
    The rope is erected so that the search party can find their way back out of the cave.
    The rope is for the search party to find their way back out of the cave.
    The rope provides a guide for the search party to find their way back out of the cave.

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    Default Re: The rope is so the search party can find their way back out of the cave

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    I know what it is trying to say but is not grammatically correct.

    The rope is so (that)the search party can find their way back out of the cave. wrong

    correct:
    The rope is erected so that the search party can find their way back out of the cave.
    The rope is for the search party to find their way back out of the cave.
    The rope provides a guide for the search party to find their way back out of the cave.

    not a teacher
    You provide other alternatives, but there are no grammar violations or any failure to convey the required information in the original sentence.

    A reader of English can understand what is being conveyed. That's a success.

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    Default Re: The rope is so the search party can find their way back out of the cave

    It sounds fine to me too.

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    Default Re: The rope is so the search party can find their way back out of the cave

    Something is (??) so somebody can....'
    Correct me if I am wrong. I understand the above as a compound sentence which is made up of two clauses linked by a conjunction (so). The first clause is incomplete, don't you think?

    I'd like to have more views about this.
    Last edited by tedtmc; 02-Jul-2010 at 15:18.

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    Default Re: The rope is so the search party can find their way back out of the cave

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    Correct me if I am wrong. I understand the above as a compound sentence which is made up of two clauses linked by a conjunction (so). The first clause is incomplete, don't you think?

    I'd like to have more views about this.
    There is an unstated "there" there. The rope is (there) so...

    Or "The rope is (here) so..."

    It's not a grammar problem. It's perfectly understandable.

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    Default Re: The rope is so the search party can find their way back out of the cave

    I don't like this type of construction much either, and wouldn't use it.

    "There" might be ellipted.
    "The car is so I can get to work."
    "The teacher is so the students can get guidance." [?]

    One could argue whether it's grammatical, but it would make sense to most native speakers.
    Of course, there's more to good English than being grammatical and getting your point across - but that's a start.

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