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    #1

    which one is correct and why?

    Hi

    They are reducing bus and train fares in order / so as to encourage more people to use public transport.

    My choice is " so as". I think that "in order to" shows a condition.

    Thank you very much.

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    Smile Re: which one is correct and why?

    "...in order to / so as to encourage public transportation."

    both are fine.

    or even: ...with a view to encouraging public transportation.

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    #3

    Re: which one is correct and why?

    Quote Originally Posted by bianca View Post
    "...in order to / so as to encourage public transportation."

    both are fine.

    or even: ...with a view to encouraging public transportation.
    Hi
    I agree with you that both of them are fine, but there is a slight difference between them. My my book says that the correct answer is "so as". Why?

    Thank you.

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    Re: which one is correct and why?

    Quote Originally Posted by teia_petrescu View Post
    Hi
    I agree with you that both of them are fine, but there is a slight difference between them. My my book says that the correct answer is "so as". Why?
    Most on-line grammar sites say there isn't a difference at all; that in order to and so as to are synonymous. There is, however, a difference, but it's a rather subtle one. From dictionary.com:

    in order to, as a means to; with the purpose of: She worked summers in order to save money for college.

    so as, with the result or purpose: to turn up the volume of the radio so as to drown out the noise from the next apartment.

    The Question Box at ELT Journal, an Oxford publication, provides the following teasers. ( You have to be a subscriber to get the full answers, and since I am not a subscriber, Google will have to do. )

    The Question Box
    File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat
    The Question Box. Question : What is the difference between in order to and so as to ? Answer : No difference. If anything, so as to is a shade more col- ...
    eltj.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/reprint/II/8/219.pdf -


    The Question Box
    File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat
    Question : What is the difference between in order to and so as to ? ... Answer: Usage here is far more subtle than the average grammar ...
    eltj.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/reprint/II/8/219.pdf -



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