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    Question "So" v.s. "So that"

    I am facing troubles with "So" and "So that". I found a quiz, where I was successful in 33% of the questions. Can somebody explain how to use "so" and "so that" ? Thanks!


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    Re: "So" v.s. "So that"

    Quote Originally Posted by alexander62 View Post
    I am facing troubles with "So" and "So that". I found a quiz, where I was successful in 33% of the questions. Can somebody explain how to use "so" and "so that" ? Thanks!
    "So that" opens a subordinate clause that offers to explain or show a purpose.

    "So" opens an independent clause that reports a result or a consequence.


    - He raised his voice so that the rescuers would hear him.
    This describes his purpose in raising his voice -- in order to be heard.

    - He raised his voice, so the rescuers heard him.
    This describes the result of his raising his voice -- therefore he was heard.


    - LaToya studied hard so that she would get an A in geometry.
    This describes her purpose in studying hard -- in order to get an A.

    - LaToya studied hard, so she got an A in geometry.
    This describes the consequence of studying hard -- therefore she got an A.

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    Re: "So" v.s. "So that"

    Quote Originally Posted by Ann1977 View Post
    "So that" opens a subordinate clause that offers to explain or show a purpose.

    "So" opens an independent clause that reports a result or a consequence.


    - He raised his voice so that the rescuers would hear him.
    This describes his purpose in raising his voice -- in order to be heard.

    - He raised his voice, so the rescuers heard him.
    This describes the result of his raising his voice -- therefore he was heard.


    - LaToya studied hard so that she would get an A in geometry.
    This describes her purpose in studying hard -- in order to get an A.

    - LaToya studied hard, so she got an A in geometry.
    This describes the consequence of studying hard -- therefore she got an A.
    Of course, for the 'purpose' sentences you can also say:
    - He raised his voice so the rescuers would hear him.
    - LaToya studied hard so she would get an A in geometry.

    That is, "that" can be removed in the first form, and be implicit. So this makes it harder.
    However, in the second form, "that" cannot be included.
    The comma is a help in the second form.

    But the distinction between consequence and purpose should be useful.

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    Exclamation Re: "So" v.s. "So that"

    Quote Originally Posted by alexander62 View Post
    Can somebody explain how to use "so" and "so that" ? Thanks!
    Another use of 'so' is before the verbs 'have', 'be' or 'do', and other auxiliary verbs to express the meaning 'in the same way' or 'in a similar way'
    I'm allergic to smoking. So is my brother.
    John left just after the meeting and so did Peter.
    Last edited by sarat_106; 19-Sep-2009 at 11:22.

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