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    #1

    so

    I would like to know the meaning of "so" in the next sentence.
    The fire started at about 5 a.m., so he was sleeping.

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    #2

    Re: so

    It was 5am- a time at which it would be understood that people are typically asleep. It has nothing to do with the fire.

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    #3

    Re: so

    NOT A TEACHER

    The meaning of so here is similar to that of therefore or consequently.

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    #4

    Re: so

    Quote Originally Posted by wowenglish1 View Post
    I would like to know the meaning of "so" in the next sentence.
    The fire started at about 5 a.m., so he was sleeping.
    It's rather suspect. I'd write, "The fire started at about 5 am., so he was sleeping at the time."
    "The fire occurred at around 5am, so he was sleeping when it broke out."
    These make more sense.

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    #5

    Re: so

    I think it is perfectly okay as written, especially if used as reported speech. The context around the statement would make it clearer I guess.

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