There is an example sentence:

"Turn in your report so that I can comment on it."

I call it as 'so that+ positive clause'

Here's the problem. Does 'so that+ negative clause' sentence make sense to you guys? For instance,

"It keeps annoying me so that I can't focus on my report."

Is only " so that+ positive clause "right?

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Both sentences you gave in your question make sense although the use of it sounds strange when I would expect a he or she, even when referring to pets.

So that sentences are used a lot to describe actions and reactions in the form of so that I can/can't/will/won't...

When using so that you are describing an action you or someone else is taking in order for a certain action to occur.

Examples are

I wrote the appointment in my diary so that I won't forget it.

He keeps the door locked so that I can't go out.

Another way of saying these sentences would be

So that I won't forget it, I wrote the appointment in my diary.

So that I can't go out, he keeps the door locked.

These examples are actions to ensure a particular reaction and there are other examples of these sentences which are actions in the hope of a particular reaction...

I went to university so that I stand a chance of landing a well paid job

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    I agree that the use of "it" sounds strange. I had to read the sentence multiple times to understand it and think about it in a way different than my first reading. Commented Dec 22, 2016 at 11:48
  • I didn't realize "it" sounded odd to you guys 😳 Thank you anyways
    – raven39
    Commented Dec 22, 2016 at 13:40
  • It is not necessarily strange. It is natural assuming that the referent for which it stands is made clear: The air conditioner is making that terrible noise again. It keeps annoying me so that I can't focus on my report. Commented Jan 9, 2017 at 5:59

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