She hid the presents so the children wouldn't find them.

She hid the presents so that the children wouldn't find them.

What I want to ask is whether both of the sentences above make sense (though different senses). To be clear, are "so" and "so that" both suitable to connect the clauses without any awkwardness?

  • Related Apr 27, 2017 at 19:32
  • Personally I think 'so that' is correct. I can't say that 'so' is not correct, but it seems to be weaker logically. Probably a formality thing as suggested by Sue and J.R. below Apr 27, 2017 at 20:39

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Both so and so that work fine. The meaning is the same. I always think that putting the 'that' in makes it a bit more formal and therefore good in academic writing.

  • The two are the same in meaning? I thought "so that" means "in order that", showing the purpose while "so" indicates a result. Or maybe not? I'm a bit confused now :(( Apr 27, 2017 at 19:42

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