If I want to say something like:

They arrived early so that:

1) their friends could find them easily, and

2) there were enough good seats to choose.

How can I put them into a sentence without the "1)" and "2)"? I think it is something like

They arrived early so that their friends could find them easily and so that there were enough good seats to choose.

But should I say "so that ... and so that ...", or "so that ..., and that", or "so that ... and ..."?


First, you have to use the conditional after "so that," so it should be "so that they wouldn't miss anything."

The best way to say this is:

They arrived early so that they wouldn't miss anything and could find good seats.

  • Thanks for the suggestion. Actually, I am more interested in whether a second "so that" is required; and if it is required, what would be the correct way to use it? My example is not good enough, so I will edit it and use a different example with different subjects after "so that". – zijuexiansheng Jun 27 at 3:43
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    I wouldn't repeat "so that" if you can avoid it - it sounds too repetitive. Instead you can make a parallel structure starting from any word after the "so that." – Ethan B. Jun 27 at 3:48
  • I see. Thank you so much. My original sentence is much longer so I made up this shorter one just trying to figure out the correct grammar. It would be much better if I can omit the second "so that" even just for brevity. – zijuexiansheng Jun 27 at 3:53
  • Yeah, I would just get rid of the second "so that" in the new sentence. Although now it does sound a bit awkward either way. In general, the longer the parallel parts before and after the "and," the more awkward it will sound. – Ethan B. Jun 27 at 3:56
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    Exactly! I feel that my original sentence is awkward because the parallel parts are much longer. I thought it was my grammar issue. So probably I should rephrase it in another way to improve it. – zijuexiansheng Jun 27 at 4:03

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