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    All these sentences all correct:
    1-What should I do so that the lid shouldn't fall off?
    2-What should I do in order that the lid shouldn't fall off?
    3-What should I do for the lid not to fall off?

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    Re: so that/in order that ...

    Quote Originally Posted by navi
    All these sentences all correct:
    1-What should I do so that the lid shouldn't fall off?
    2-What should I do in order that the lid shouldn't fall off?
    3-What should I do for the lid not to fall off?
    In my opinion, they are all incorrect. I would say What should I do so that the lid won't fall off? I would not use should for an inanimate object.

    That's my opinion from an AE perspective. Perhaps Tdol will have a different opinion.

    :)

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    Re: so that/in order that ...

    Quote Originally Posted by navi
    All these sentences all correct:
    1-What should I do so that the lid shouldn't fall off?
    2-What should I do in order that the lid shouldn't fall off?
    3-What should I do for the lid not to fall off?
    I don't like any of those either. They attempt to mix a question about an action to a result whithout the action being mentioned.

    I would say: What should I do to prevent the lid from falling off?

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    Re: so that/in order that ...

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    Quote Originally Posted by navi
    All these sentences all correct:
    1-What should I do so that the lid shouldn't fall off?
    2-What should I do in order that the lid shouldn't fall off?
    3-What should I do for the lid not to fall off?
    In my opinion, they are all incorrect. I would say What should I do so that the lid won't fall off? I would not use should for an inanimate object.

    That's my opinion from an AE perspective. Perhaps Tdol will have a different opinion.

    :)
    Happy to oblige- I'd say number 3 is OK and I can just about live with 1, but I would recommend it.

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    Re: so that/in order that ...

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    Quote Originally Posted by navi
    All these sentences all correct:
    1-What should I do so that the lid shouldn't fall off?
    2-What should I do in order that the lid shouldn't fall off?
    3-What should I do for the lid not to fall off?
    In my opinion, they are all incorrect. I would say What should I do so that the lid won't fall off? I would not use should for an inanimate object.

    That's my opinion from an AE perspective. Perhaps Tdol will have a different opinion.

    :)
    Happy to oblige- I'd say number 3 is OK and I can just about live with 1, but I would recommend it.
    Should I assume you meant to put not in that last sentence?

    :)

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