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John worked at the factory and <so had his grandfather> <his grandfather had too>

I know (1a) = (1b) = (1c): (1a) John worked at the factory, as did his grandfather. (1b) John worked at the factory and so did his grandfather. (1c) John worked at the factory and his grandfather did ...
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the number of auxiliary verbs after "as" and "so"

I'm interested how many auxiliary verbs can stand after "as" and "so". By "how many" I mean one (e.g. "would") or two (e.g. "would be") or three (e.g. ...
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Using a comma with "and that" and so then" (adverb vs conjunctions): The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter

I saw many examples using "and that". I was confused with the use of a comma before it in the middle of the sentence. In the case of independent sentences, some examples do not have a come ...
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comma usage before 'so'

Workers should be included in the planning for new factories or the introduction of robots into existing plants , so they can participate in the process. I personally think that the comma before 'so' ...
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"wouldn't hope so." vs "would hope not."

You're disencouraged to say "I don't hope so" instead of "I hope not", but what about "I wouldn't/shouldn't hope so" ?
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For someone to do something vs so that

I was wondering, if there is any difference between "for someone to do" and "so that". For instance, Is "many parents used to beat their children for them to study" the ...
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he has been so for the last ten years

Is he the prime minister? a. Yes. He has been for the last ten years. b. Yes, He has been so for the last ten years. I think response (a) is grammatical and response (b) is not. It seems to me that &...
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I won’t be very late tonight, I shouldn’t imagine (so)

I won’t be very late tonight, I shouldn’t imagine (so). Is it grammatically correct to add so here? why?
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usage of "so" in this sentence

The entire motivation for networking was so people could sit at their dumb terminals and, instead of accessing only their local mainframes, access totally different mainframes. My understanding: The ...
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"There is no word so sweet as mother" or "There is no word as sweet as mother" [closed]

Which sentence is correct? There is no word so sweet as mother There is no word as sweet as mother
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Usage of "this time so..."

The following is an excerpt from an NYT article: In 1996, Mr. Lee was convicted of bribing the country’s president, then pardoned. More than a decade later, he was found guilty of tax evasion but ...
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What does "so take it" mean in this dialogue?

Teacher: Don't interrupt. Who's teaching in this class, you or me? Student: You are. You are the Teacher, so take it. Teacher: Thank you. Does it mean "so continue" or "so do it" ?...
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Use of the word 'so' [duplicate]

I am confused about using the word 'so'. Here is an example. I had a fever so I did not go to work. Question is, in the above sentence, do I really need a comma before 'so'?
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so that... usage

1) You must carry on so that you will succeed 2)You must carry on so that you may succeed 3)You must carry on so that you can succeed My grammar book is saying that sentence1 is wrong and ...
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so much not alike [closed]

a. Those twins are so not alike. b. Those twins are so much not alike. c. He was so not in a hurry. d. He was so much not in a hurry. (Meaning of (c) and (d): He was not in a hurry at all.) Are ...
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So I heard/ I heard so

A: The Council has given planning permission for another shopping centre in the city. B: So I read in the paper. Can I use "I read so in the paper" or "I read in the paper so" in the place of ...
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Can "so" express a reason not a result?

Going through customs to leave a country can sometimes be very frustrating. First she was asked why she was not rolling her carryon. The handle got stuck when she got off the car so she had been ...
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Which part of the sentence gives the main idea. Before "so" or after "so"

"Splitting water into oxygen and hydrogen makes spacecraft fuel, so ice-rich asteroids could become interplanetary refuelling stations." What is the main idea of the sentence (before so) "Splitting ...
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The usage of "so" in these sentences

I heard in the movie Kubo and the Two Strings: I do so love the festival. We just need your other eye. Your grandfather admires it so. It appears to function as an adverb, possibly meaning ...
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I can only help you so much, What's up with the order?

I can only help you so much. I know only so much means the a limited amount. So, I know that means there's a limit to how much I can help you. But, the problem is "the order". Why only help you so ...
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"so (that)" vs. "so"

Why must we use "so that" in the first sentence and "so" in the second one? Let me know when you are going to send it so (that) I can make the payment. I've bought some fruits so you don't ...
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Usage of "so that” vs. “so"

Which version is better? Let me know when you are going to send it so I can make the payment. or: Let me know when you are going to send it so that I can make the payment. I think so is ...
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Can we use "so" in negative sentences to mean "very"?

I know that in positive sentences we can use "so" for meaning "very". For example we can say "The new Slipknot album is so nice!", "I practice guitar so much.", "I like them so much.", "I can play ...
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omitting "that" is "so ... that ..."

Is it considered informal to omit "that" in "so ... that ..."? What would style guides say about the following? John is so intelligent (that) he can learn any language in two months. If this ...
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Why does “you are the fairest here so true” mean not the fairest?

In Snow White, the magic mirror first response to the Evil Queen is My Queen, you are the fairest in the land. Then My Queen, you are the fairest here so true. But Snow White is a thousand ...
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"So much so" vs. "so much"

He is an amazing singer, so much so that he won first place in the competition last year. He is an amazing singer, so much that he won first place in the competition last year. The former sounds ...
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Difficulty in finding structure of "So ... that " or "... that..." as relative pronoun

I have a sentence: So admired were these pieces that they encouraged the development of earthenware made in imitation of porcelain and instigated research into the method of their manufacture. I ...
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The duality ... so that [SV]

Am I right to think that the next sentence has a duality in meaning? I got here early so that we could have a few minutes along together. (M. Swan, Practical English Usage, §583.7) Could we ...
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Why use "a" instead of "an" in this context?

Source We know now why Stapleton looked with disfavour upon his sister’s suitor—even when that suitor was so eligible a one as Sir Henry. Is the reason for using a instead of an is idiomatic?
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Is it correct the use of "so" in this sentence?

I don't know if the use of so, it is possible here! "we cant not protect our children from everything. So some plans won't make their way in their life." I found this on the Internet : In formal ...
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He is fierce, as were warriors (so)

Is the so in this example incorrect or superfluous? I was thinking about the example of so with do: He asked me to send him money; I did (so). I wondered whether so could be used similarly in my ...
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Difference between "so + adj + to + verb" and "too + adj + to +verb"

What is the Difference between "so + adj + to + verb" and "too + adj + to +verb"? For example: He was too excited to answer the phone ||| He was so excited to answer the phone
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SO and NOT with verbs other than THINK, SUPPOSE, HOPE, etc

I'm aware than we can use so after some verbs instead of repeating an object clause, especially in short answers. The verbs we do this with most are: appear, assume, believe, expect, guess, etc. A ...
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About inversions like: "At no time did it seem necessary ..." and "So convinced am I that ..."

Are there some rules behind these inversions: "At no time did it seem necessary to direct the machine to the ground." "So convinced am I that he is on the right lines that ..." "The two ...
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"not so good as" or "not as good as" - Which is grammatically correct?

Can anybody tell that which one of the following is correct? He is not as good as his father. He is not so good as his father. When conveying some negative sense, I have always seen/watched (movies,...
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What makes the omission of "that" in this sentence possible?

Below is an example sentence from the entry for the verb "alter" in Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary.( <= Is this a correct sentence? I am not confident with this. Excuse me for an irrelevant ...
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What is this so used as?

They acquired Tai-me, the sacred Sun Dance doll, from that moment the object and symbol of their worship, and so shared in the divinity of the sun. (emphasis added) I do not know what this so is ...
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A cryptic sentence containing "so ... as to" [duplicate]

I am reading Roger Scruton's Kant, A Very Short Introduction. The following sentence, in the first page, makes me pretty confused (I include the context to make it clearer): (The greatest modern ...
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What does SO refer to?

Because the ocean basins really are short-lived features on geologic times scale, reconstruction the world’s geography by backtracking along the hot-spot trail works only for the last 5 percent or ...
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Can I say: She looks so perfectly happy?

Can I use that structure: SO + ADVERB + ADJECTIVE. Does it make sense? Is it grammatically correct?
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"So much of X" or "So much X"

When I was speaking, I said, "There is so much of administration to do." Someone said to me that I have to say it as "There is so much administration to do." Is she correct? Why can't I say, "so much ...
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So/Neither + auxiliary verb

1 Vinay plays cricket, so does Ashok. We use so+ auxiliary verb when second person( Ashok in case of above sentence) shows agreement with positive sentence. Here in 1 sentence i have no confusion. ...
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Proper usage of 'if so'

I want to know if this sentence is grammatically correct. Is there anyone else who have access to admin panel? If so, please provide us all ip addresses from all users in order to monitor your ...
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The usage of 'so...as...'

First of all, this is not a duplicate... E.g., have a look at these posts: https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/137678/comparisons-so-adjective-adverb-as-or-as-adjective-adverb-as "as ......
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About using 'so' as a coordinator

I have heard the following usage of 'so' quite frequently in Indian schools: He was sick so he did not come. Isn't this incorrect? I prefer this usage: He was sick, and so he did not come. My ...