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    Is this "so" a result or a purpose? If it's a result, it should be "this water, so" and if it's a purpose, it should be "so that the plants". This seems so vague.

    ex)Most students at Queen's University in Canada would pick this place as their favorite spot on campus. It's a tall wall inside the science building...The soil, a special mixture of mud, coconut bark, and other natural materials, easily soaks up this water so the plants can grow well...

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    Default Re: so the plants can grow well

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Is this "so" a result or a purpose? If it's a result, it should be "this water, so" and if it's a purpose, it should be "so that the plants". This seems so vague.

    ex)Most students at Queen's University in Canada would pick this place as their favorite spot on campus. It's a tall wall inside the science building...The soil, a special mixture of mud, coconut bark, and other natural materials, easily soaks up this water so the plants can grow well...

    What I find strange is that it says 'this water', instead of 'the water' which is much more common.

    But no, grammatically, I do not think it is incorrect in the sections you've outlined.
    I'm not a teacher yet, but I am studying a Bachelor of Education with an English Literature major at Charles Sturt University, in NSW, Australia.

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    Default Re: so the plants can grow well

    Are you saying it's a result or purpose? Whenever I encounter things like this, how should I interpret it?

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    Default Re: so the plants can grow well

    'so' is the purpose.
    I'm not a teacher yet, but I am studying a Bachelor of Education with an English Literature major at Charles Sturt University, in NSW, Australia.

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    Default Re: so the plants can grow well

    Is there any more context, keannu?

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    Default Re: so the plants can grow well

    You mean it's short for "so that"? Can "so that" be shortened to "so"?

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    Default Re: so the plants can grow well

    The soil, a special mixture of mud, coconut bark, and other natural materials, easily soaks up this water so the plants can grow well...

    I also feel the need for a little more context, but I don't think that the soil soaks up the water with the purpose of making the plants grow well, there is no intent. However the plants do benefit from the soil's attributes. Therefore "so" indicates a result, not an intention or purpose.
    On the other hand, if I say, "I placed the plants in this special soil so (that) they can grow well", "so" indicates my intention, the purpose of my action.

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