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    So and so that

    Dear Teachers,

    Could you help me distinguish between "so" and "so that"?

    Thanks

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    Re: So and so that

    Welcome.

    So and so that differ in this way:

    So that (often shortened to so) answers the question Why:
    [1] Max ate dinner early so that she could go for a run.
    Let's test it
    Question: Why did Max eat dinner early?Answer: So that she could go for a run.
    [2] Max ate dinner early so (that) she could go for a run.

    Let's test it
    Question: Why did Max eat early?
    Answer: So (that) she could go for a run.
    Elsewhere use , so. (Note the comma (,) there. It's important. , so means, and so, as a consequence, consequently, therefore):


    [3] Max ate dinner early, so she could go for a run.

    Let's test it
    Max ate dinner early; therefore she could go for a run.
    Does that help?

    Try here, http://www.chompchomp.com/handouts/commatip07.pdf
    Last edited by Casiopea; 20-Aug-2007 at 12:28.

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