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    Hi I want to know how to explain when to use So & Because to ESL studants.

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    Default Re: so & because

    So projects into the future; because ("it be-caused by") introduces a result of something that has occurred in the past.

    I go to school SO I can learn to read.
    I can read BECAUSE I went to school

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    Default Re: so & because

    Here’s another way of looking at it:
    They’re logically opposite (Inverse).

    Take the proposition:
    If A, then B. (A -> B)

    B happens because A happens.
    A happens, so B happens.

    You can plug anything into A and B providing A implies B, such as
    I studied hard (A), so I passed the exam (B)
    I passed the exam (B) because I studied hard (A).

    I watch TV (B) because I like the shows (A).
    I like the shows (A), so I watch TV (B).


    And you could add jlinger's example.



    That’s only one meaning of “so” though.

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    Default Re: so & because

    That's right, you old so and so.

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