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    Why don't you prepare dinner _________ we may receive friends tonight?
    So that or since?

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    Quote Originally Posted by beachboy View Post
    Why don't you prepare dinner _________ we may receive friends tonight?
    So that or since?
    It depends on the larger context. We use since to give the reason for an action. If we use it in your sentence, it would mean that we know there is a possibility that we will receive friends. By using so that, you are suggesting that if dinner were prepared, you would be able to receive (or invite) friends.

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    Default Re: conjunctions

    Either way, it's a pretty unlikely sentence.

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    Default Re: conjunctions

    Using so that, how could I rephrase this sentence and make it sound more natural?

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    Default Re: conjunctions

    Quote Originally Posted by beachboy View Post
    Using so that, how could I rephrase this sentence and make it sound more natural?
    "Why don't you prepare dinner now, so that we'll be ready when our friends arrive?" is possible. The response might be "Why don't you prepare dinner?"

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