Results 1 to 5 of 5
  1. #1
    aysaa is offline Senior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Turkish
      • Home Country:
      • Turkey
      • Current Location:
      • Turkey
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Posts
    608

    too.... so as to

    Hi,

    I was too far away to see the girl.

    I would like to know if we can put 'in order to' and 'so as to' instead of 'to' in this structure.

    -I was too far away in order to see the girl.

    -I was too far away so as to see the girl.

    Thanks.

  2. #2
    Bennevis's Avatar
    Bennevis is offline Senior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • Russian
      • Home Country:
      • Russian Federation
      • Current Location:
      • Russian Federation
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Posts
    1,067

    Re: too.... so as to

    I was too far away in order to see the girl.

    This would mean that you chose to be far away because that helped you to actually see the girl.

    Your first sentence is what I would use, as far as I'm concerned.

  3. #3
    konungursvia's Avatar
    konungursvia is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Academic
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • Canada
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Posts
    5,104

    Re: too.... so as to

    'So as to' indicates an intention or purpose, not a geographical situation. You might say "I was very far away so as to avoid being seen" for example.

  4. #4
    aysaa is offline Senior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Turkish
      • Home Country:
      • Turkey
      • Current Location:
      • Turkey
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Posts
    608

    Re: too.... so as to

    Thanks for the answers.

    -I was very far away to avoid being seen.

    What If I replace 'very' with 'too' ? Does it indicate an intention or purpose, too?

    Thanks.

  5. #5
    emsr2d2's Avatar
    emsr2d2 is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Posts
    61,307

    Re: too.... so as to

    Quote Originally Posted by aysaa View Post
    Thanks for the answers.

    -I was very far away to avoid being seen.

    What If I replace 'very' with 'too' ? Does it indicate an intention or purpose, too?

    Thanks.
    "I was too far away to avoid being seen" is unnatural and I can't imagine a situation where that would actually be possible.

    "I was very far away to avoid being seen" is somewhat unnatural. I would expect to hear "I went a long way away (or "very far away") to avoid being seen", with "to" meaning "in order to".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

Posting Permissions

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