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    so as to

    “The objective of the product is to provide a tool to them, so as to meet the requirements of an international school to ease the activities performed at its schools.”

    Is the sentence correct? I would like to know the meaning of the word, ‘so as to’ in this sentence.

    Thanks in advance.

    -Quest

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    it means (like/similar to) here in this sentence

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    Re: so as to

    IMHO, the meaning 'so as to' in the quoted example is 'in order to'.

    “The objective of the product is to provide a tool to them, so as to meet the requirements of an international school to ease the activities performed at its schools.”

    If you allow me to propose some alterations, I'd use 'purpose' instead of 'objective', as the latter is usually associated with an action, while here we are talking about a product; secondly, I'd also use 'to facilitate' instead of 'to ease' for more clarity. What I'm not sure of, though is what the pronoun 'its' refers to, is that so an international school has its own schools (or divisions)?

    Just my $0.02.

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    Tomasz

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    Re: so as to

    Quote Originally Posted by quest
    “The objective of the product is to provide a tool to them, so as to meet the requirements of an international school to ease the activities performed at its schools.”
    Is the sentence correct? I would like to know the meaning of the word, ‘so as to’ in this sentence.
    Thanks in advance.
    -Quest

    It is a common alternative to "in order to" or even "to".

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    Re: so as to

    Quote Originally Posted by DavyBCN
    It is a common alternative to "in order to" or even "to".
    I think "so as to" is less often used in American English. Is this true?

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    Re: so as to

    Quote Originally Posted by dihen View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by dihen View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by DavyBCN
    It is a common alternative to "in order to" or even "to".
    I think "so as to" is less often used in American English. Is this true?I think "so as to" is less often used in American English. Is this true?
    Please answer me this question.
    Nobody answered me?
    Last edited by dihen; 27-Aug-2006 at 16:21.

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    Re: so as to

    Hello Dihen

    It may be that no AmE-speakers have passed this way for a while. I'm sure one will stop by and answer your question eventually, though.

    (As a BrE-speaker, I'm not sure whether "so as to" is less common in AmE. So unfortunately I can't help you!)

    MrP

    PS:

    I would change the first part of the sentence to:
    “The purpose of the product is to provide them with a tool [for doing X]..."

    The seocnd part also sounds odd; but I'm not sure what it means, so I had better not attempt to rephrase it.

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    Hi Dihen
    My very subjective but nonetheless American opinion is that "so as to" sounds more formal than "in order to" and probably for that reason tends to be used less often than "in order to" or just "to" in AmE. But, I really have no idea whether the American usage is significantly less than the British usage. Sorry.
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