“SO THAT” VS ” SO”
“so that” and “so”, both of them, are conjunctions which connect two clauses. However, there is a basic difference in terms of their uses.
You can see their uses and related examples below. ( Difference between “so” and “so that” )
1. “SO THAT”
“so that “ AS A CONJUNCTION ( ACTION – REASON/PURPOSE )
“so that”, as a conjunction, is used to make explanation about the clause or to express the reason or purpose of the clause. ( what purpose something is done )
- He wants to earn lots of money so that he can buy many things that he wants.
- I put my glasses on so that I could see the movie better.
- His father gave him some story books so that he could improve his reading.
- “ that” can be omitted in an informal usage.
“So” AS A CONJUNCTION ( SITUATION -RESULT/EFFECT)
“so”, as a conjunction, is used to connect two clauses. The clause which start with “so” introduces the result of the first clause. ( what happened as a result )
- They were tires (,) so they went to bed early.
- I have some money (,) so I want to buy a new car.
- He ran very fast (,) so we couldn’t see him exactly.
For using “so” in English, click here
For detailed information about using “so that” to express purpose, click here
For differences between “so … that” and “such … that”, click here
For differences between “so” and “such”, click here