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I'm providing a reference to the paragraph so that you can understand the context

I feel this sentence is a bit like a formal statement. Is this actually true? Is there a more relaxed way to say it?

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    You may omit "that" – SovereignSun May 25 '17 at 13:39
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    I don't think there's anything "formal" about saying "so that". It's a perfectly informal, natural way to say it. If anything else, any other structure is likely to sound more formal. (for example, "in order that") – stangdon May 25 '17 at 17:42
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You use of "so that"

I'm providing a reference to the paragraph so that you can understand the context.

might be replaced with "in order that"

I'm providing a reference to the paragraph in order that you can understand the context.

both are not necessarily formal and have equivalent meanings.
It is a stylistic choice.

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As SovereignSun mentions, "so that" can be made less formal by removing "that".

In addition, other factors make your original sentence rather formal:

  • "I'm providing" - self-referentially describing what you're writing is rather formal. "I am providing" would be even more formal. "Here's" would be less formal.

  • "reference" is rather formal. "link" would be less formal.

Making it all less formal:

Here's a link to the paragraph so you can understand the context.

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