Results 1 to 6 of 6
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • China

    • Join Date: Apr 2012
    • Posts: 772
    #1

    or OR so

    You have to move out of the way ______ the truck cannot get past you.
    A. so B. or

    I cannot figure out the correct answer and the meaning of the sentence.

    Can any native help me?

    thanks!

    Jason

  1. emsr2d2's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 41,902
    #2

    Re: or OR so

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonlulu_2000 View Post
    You have to move out of the way ______ the truck cannot get past you.
    A. so B. or

    I cannot figure out the correct answer and the meaning of the sentence.

    Can any native help me?

    thanks!

    Jason
    "So" means "in order to make it possible that" - do you think that fits the rest of the sentence?

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • China

    • Join Date: Apr 2012
    • Posts: 772
    #3

    Re: or OR so

    So the sentence means that if you move out of the way, you can make way for the truck. Is it right?

  2. emsr2d2's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 41,902
    #4

    Re: or OR so

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonlulu_2000 View Post
    So the sentence means that if you move out of the way, you can make way for the truck. Is it right?
    Yes, exactly.

    - You have to move out of the way or the truck cannot get past you = If you do not get out of the way, the truck cannot get past.
    - You have to move out of the way so the truck cannot get past you = This makes no sense. It suggests that you are going to purposely move out of the way (of something else) in order to ensure that a truck cannot get past.

    To use "so", the sentence would have to be changed to "You have to move out of the way so the truck can get past you".

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Dec 2009
    • Posts: 6,332
    #5

    Re: or OR so

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    IMHO:

    The person who wrote that question failed to write the complete conjunction of purpose: so that.

    I left home early so that I would be sure to get a seat on the bus.

    Of course, you would not say: I left home early so that I would not get a seat on the bus.

  3. emsr2d2's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 41,902
    #6

    Re: or OR so

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    IMHO:

    The person who wrote that question failed to write the complete conjunction of purpose: so that.

    I left home early so that I would be sure to get a seat on the bus.

    Of course, you would not say: I left home early so that I would not get a seat on the bus.
    That may be so, but we frequently omit "that" after "so" in the same usages.

    I bought some wine so you could have a drink with dinner.
    He opened the door so I could go through easily with my heavy bag.
    I took my trousers off so I could show the doctor my scar.
    I kept my trousers on so the doctor wouldn't be able to see my scar.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •