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    so as to see Sally/so as to avoid Jane

    Which are correct:

    1) I did not go there so as to see Sally. I went there because I wanted to talk to his father.
    2) I did not go there to see Sally. I went there because I wanted to talk to his father.
    3) I did not go there in order to see Sally. I went there because I wanted to talk to his father.



    4) I did not go to the party so as to avoid Jane. I stayed home instead.
    5) I did not go to the party to avoid Jane. I stayed home instead.
    6) I did not go to the party in order to avoid Jane. I stayed home instead.


    In the first three cases, I do go there, but not to see Sally.
    In the second three cases, I do not go there at all and the reason is to avoid Jane. Maybe in these cases, a comma is needed before 'party'.

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    Re: so as to see Sally/so as to avoid Jane

    I don't like "so as" in the first. And I have to say the male pronoun thew me at the beginning.

    There should not be a comma before "party". Did you mean "after"?

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    Re: so as to see Sally/so as to avoid Jane

    4, 5 and 6 make no sense to me as presented.

    "I didn't go to the party. I stayed at home in order to avoid Jane" is possible.
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    Re: so as to see Sally/so as to avoid Jane

    Thank you both very much.

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I don't like "so as" in the first. And I have to say the male pronoun thew me at the beginning.

    There should not be a comma before "party". Did you mean "after"?
    Yes and yes! It had to be 'her father' and it had to be "after 'party'". My apologies for the mess.

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