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    'So or 'So That'

    How to complete the following sentences with one of the above?

    The sky was cloudy. A rainstorm was approaching.


    Thanks!!

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    Re: 'So or 'So That'

    We do not help with homework.

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    Re: 'So or 'So That'

    A rainstorm was approaching, so the sky was cloudy.
    A rainstorm was approaching so that the sky was cloudy.

    Which one is correct?

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    Re: 'So or 'So That'

    Quote Originally Posted by Gary88 View Post
    A rainstorm was approaching, so the sky was cloudy.
    A rainstorm was approaching so that the sky was cloudy.

    Which one is correct?
    You have already been told that we don't do homework. Your teacher wants to see what you can do.

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    Re: 'So or 'So That'

    It was my son's homework. He wrote:
    A rainstorm was approaching, so the sky was cloudy.
    His teacher said it was wrong.

    It appears to me that the first sentence is an action (a rainstorm was approaching) while the second sentence is a continuation (the sky was cloudy). Therefore, my son's answer seemed to be right. To me, "so that" is used for a structure with an action and intended result.


    Could anyone correct my understanding if I am wrong?

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    Re: 'So or 'So That'

    Hi Gary,
    Please understand that many people come here seeking a shortcut for their work. They post their homework questions, apparently thinking that we will simply do it and they can submit it, with no learning taking place.

    When someone has already submitted something (whether it was you or your son, it doesn't matter), and has already received comments from the teacher that they don't understand, or that they disagree with, we're happy to comment. It would be helpful, however, if people let us know the situation from the start so we don't keep repeating "we don't do homework."

    Your son's words are the way I would write them and I disagree with the teacher.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: 'So or 'So That'

    I think your son's teacher has been misunderstood, or else is just plain wrong. "A rainstorm was approaching, so the sky was cloudy" is perfectly natural and commonplace, more common than "so that." "So that" might be used by some people in some contexts, but that doesn't make the simple "so" wrong.

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    Re: 'So or 'So That'

    I vaguely recall doing exercises at school over fifty years ago in which I had to show that I understood the difference between so that (= for the purpose of/ with the intention of) and so that (= with the result that). I thought even then that the 'with the result' sentences did not appear very natural.

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    Re: 'So or 'So That'

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    ..... the difference between so that (= for the purpose of/ with the intention of) and so that (= with the result that).......
    Do you mwan all are for so that?

    And thanks for the others' inputs!!

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    #10

    Re: 'So or 'So That'

    Barb has given you the best answer:

    'Your son's words are the way I would write them and I disagree with the teacher.'

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