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    Punctuation question

    When do I use a comma before the word "so"?

    For exampe, do I need a comma in the following sentence?

    Turn the mix bar units so the mix bars are over the mix bar wash wells.

    What is the rule?


    Thanks,
    Brian

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    Re: Punctuation question

    Quote Originally Posted by chanbr View Post
    When do I use a comma before the word "so"?

    For exampe, do I need a comma in the following sentence?

    Turn the mix bar units so the mix bars are over the mix bar wash wells.

    What is the rule?


    Thanks,
    Brian

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    Brian,


    I most respectfully believe that it is necessary to understand the

    difference between so and so that.

    (1) I like newspapers, so I read one every day.
    I like newspapers; so I read one every day.
    I like newspapers. So I read one every day.

    As you can see, so = therefore.

    (2) I am leaving home early so that I can get a seat on the bus.

    It expresses the reason for leaving early. NO comma (or pause).

    (3) Yesterday I left home early, so that I got a seat on the bus.

    It expresses the result of my leaving early. A comma is needed because

    in speech, you need a pause to let your listener know that it is a result,

    not a purpose.

    (4) I believe that your sentence does NOT need a comma, for you are

    giving a PURPOSE:

    Turn the mix bar units so (that) the mix bars are over the

    wash wells.

    Compare: Yesterday I turned the mix bar units, so (that) the mix bars

    were over the wash wells.

    (a) Yes, native speakers often drop the "that" in such sentences.

    (b) I have absolutely no idea what mix bar units are.


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