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    so ~ that=enough to?

    Could anybody tell me if the expressions "so ~ that...", "~ enough to...", "so ~ as to..." are interchangeable one another? If not, in what cases?


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    Re: so ~ that=enough to?

    Quote Originally Posted by freetobee View Post
    Could anybody tell me if the expressions "so ~ that...", "~ enough to...", "so ~ as to..." are interchangeable one another? If not, in what cases?
    I kept drinking coffee so that I could stay awake.
    I kept drinking coffee so as to stay awake.

    Both sentences have an adverbial modifier of purpose. In the first sentence it is expressed by a clause, in the second - by an infinitive phrase.
    As for 'enough to', I'm afraid, it's different. It may suggest a relation of consequence or comparison.

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