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    so that

    Are these sentences correct:

    1) They used a method so that the experiment would fail.
    (They intended for the experiment to fail)


    2) They used a method so that the experiment failed.
    (We know nothing of their intention. Their method caused the experiment to fail.)

    3) The method they used was such that the experiment would fail.

    (I don't think we can tell if they intended the experiment to fail or not)

    In '1' and '2' the 'so that' clause defines 'a method', tells us something about the method itself. It is almost as if it is postmodifying 'a method'. It seems to me that '1' works, but '2' (resultative) doesn't. But I am not sure.

    What do you think?

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    Navi.

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    Re: so that

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    They used a method to so that the make the experiment would fail.

    They used a method so that which caused the experiment to fail.
    That's how I would phrase those.

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    The method they used was such that the experiment would fail.
    I don't think we can tell if they intended the experiment to fail or not.
    That's right.

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