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    #1

    So you've decided to be a language teacher!

    So you've decided to be a language teacher!
    What does 'so' mean in the above sentence?
    Thank you very much for your reply.

    PS: It is the first sentence in Chapter One of a book entitled "Teaching by Principles", written by H. Douglas Brown. There are no foregoing sentences. So it does not mean "therefore."

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    Re: So you've decided to be a language teacher!

    I'm not a teacher.
    here it's used to get someone's attention, especially in order to ask them a question. another example: "So, how was school today?"

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    Re: So you've decided to be a language teacher!

    Yes, it's also used to signal a change from general chatting to something more serious or more important to the speaker:
    A father talks to his daughter for a while about unimportant things, then says, "So, your mother tells me you're pregnant."
    The word "so" here is more a functional particle than anything meaningful.

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