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So vs. That

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Soconjunction

In order that.

‘Eat your broccoli so you can have dessert.’;

Thatconjunction

Introducing a clause which is the subject or object of a verb (such as one involving reported speech), or which is a complement to a previous statement.

‘He told me that the book is a good read.’; ‘I believe that it is true. — She is convinced that he is British.’;

Soconjunction

With the result that; for that reason; therefore.

‘I was hungry so I asked if there was any more food.’; ‘He ate too much cake, so he fell ill.’; ‘He wanted a book, so he went to the library.’; ‘“I need to go to the bathroom.”
―“So go!”’;

Thatconjunction

Introducing a subordinate clause expressing a reason or cause: because, in that.

‘Be glad that you have enough to eat.’;

Soconjunction

(archaic) Provided that; on condition that, as long as.

Thatconjunction

Introducing a subordinate clause that expresses an aim, purpose, or goal ("final"), and usually contains the auxiliaries may, might, or should: so, so that.

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Soadverb

To the (explicitly stated) extent that.

‘It was so hot outside that all the plants died.’; ‘He was so good, they hired him on the spot.’;

Thatconjunction

Introducing — especially, but not exclusively, with an antecedent like so or such — a subordinate clause expressing a result, consequence, or effect.

‘The noise was so loud that she woke up.’; ‘The problem was sufficiently important that it had to be addressed.’;

Soadverb

(informal) To the (implied) extent.

‘I need a piece of cloth so long. [= this long]’;

Thatconjunction

Introducing a premise or supposition for consideration: seeing as; inasmuch as; given that; as would appear from the fact that.

Soadverb

(informal) Very (positive clause).

‘He is so good!’;

Thatconjunction

Introducing a subordinate clause modifying an adverb.

‘Was John there? — Not that I saw.’; ‘How often did she visit him? — Twice that I saw.’;

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Soadverb

(informal) Very (negative clause).

‘It’s not so bad. [i.e. it's acceptable]’;

Thatconjunction

Introducing an exclamation expressing a desire or wish.

Soadverb

Very much.

‘But I so want to see the Queen when she visits our town!’; ‘That is so not true!’;

Thatconjunction

Introducing an exclamation expressing a strong emotion such as sadness or surprise.

Soadverb

In a particular manner.

‘Place the napkin on the table just so. If that's what you mean, then say so; (or do so).’;

Thatdeterminer

The (thing, person, idea, etc) indicated or understood from context, especially if more remote physically, temporally or mentally than one designated as "this", or if expressing distinction.

‘That book is a good read. This one isn't.’; ‘That battle was in 1450.’; ‘That cat of yours is evil.’;

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Soadverb

In the same manner or to the same extent as aforementioned; also.

‘Just as you have the right to your free speech, so I have the right to mine.’; ‘Many people say she's the world's greatest athlete, but I don't think so.’; ‘"I can count backwards from one hundred." "So can I."’;

Thatpronoun

(demonstrative) The thing, person, idea, quality, event, action, or time indicated or understood from context, especially if more remote geographically, temporally or mentally than one designated as "this", or if expressing distinction.

‘He went home, and after that I never saw him again.’;

Soadverb

To such an extent or degree; as.

‘so far as;’; ‘so long as;’; ‘so much as’;

Thatpronoun

The known (thing); used to refer to something just said.

‘They're getting divorced. What do you think about that?’;

Soadjective

True, accurate.

‘That is so.’; ‘You are responsible for this, is that not so?’;

Thatpronoun

(demonstrative) The aforementioned quality; used together with a verb and pronoun to emphatically repeat a previous statement.

‘The water is so cold! — That it is.’;

Soadjective

In that state or manner; with that attribute. A proadjective that replaces the aforementioned adjective phrase.

Thatpronoun

(relative) (plural that) Which, who; representing a subject, direct object, indirect object, or object of a preposition.

‘The CPR course that she took really came in handy.’; ‘The house that he lived in was old and dilapidated.’;

Soadjective

Homosexual.

‘Is he so?’;

Thatpronoun

(colloquial) Used in place of relative adverbs such as where or when; often omitted.

‘the place that [= where or to which] I went last year’; ‘the last time that [= when] I went to Europe’;

Sointerjection

Used after a pause for thought to introduce a new topic, question or story.

‘So, let's go home.’; ‘So, what'll you have?’; ‘So, there was this squirrel stuck in the chimney...’;

Thatadverb

(degree) To a given extent or degree.

‘"The ribbon was that thin." "I disagree, I say it was not that thin, it was thicker... or maybe thinner..."’;

Sointerjection

Short for so what.

‘"You park your car in front of my house every morning." — "So?"’;

Thatadverb

(degree) To a great extent or degree; very, particularly in negative constructions.

‘I'm just not that sick.’; ‘I did the run last year, and it wasn't that difficult.’;

Sointerjection

Used to connect previous conversation or events to the following question.

‘So how does this story end?’; ‘So, everyone wants to know - did you win the contest or not?’;

Thatadverb

To such an extent; so. in positive constructions.

‘Ooh, I was that happy I nearly kissed her.’;

Sointerjection

(archaic) Be as you are; stand still; used especially to cows; also used by sailors.

Thatnoun

(philosophy) Something being indicated that is there; one of those.

Sopronoun

abbreviation of someone

That

As a demonstrative pronoun (pl. Those), that usually points out, or refers to, a person or thing previously mentioned, or supposed to be understood. That, as a demonstrative, may precede the noun to which it refers; as, that which he has said is true; those in the basket are good apples.

‘The early fame of Gratian was equal to that of the most celebrated princes.’; ‘That be far from thee, to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked.’; ‘And when Moses heard that, he was content.’; ‘I will know your business, Harry, that I will.’; ‘Two principles in human nature reign;Self-love, to urge, and Reason, to restrain;Nor this a good, nor that a bad we call.’; ‘If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this or that.’;

Sonoun

(music) A syllable used in solfège to represent the fifth note of a major scale.

That

As an adjective, that has the same demonstrative force as the pronoun, but is followed by a noun.

‘It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment, than for that city.’; ‘The woman was made whole from that hour.’; ‘Upon a day out riden knightes two . . . That one of them came home, that other not.’;

Sonoun

(foods) A type of dairy product made in Japan between the seventh and 10th centuries.

That

As a relative pronoun, that is equivalent to who or which, serving to point out, and make definite, a person or thing spoken of, or alluded to, before, and may be either singular or plural.

‘He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame.’; ‘A judgment that is equal and impartial must incline to the greater probabilities.’; ‘We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen.’; ‘That I have done it is thyself to wite [blame].’; ‘The ship that somebody was sailing in.’; ‘I saw to-day a corpse yborn to churchThat now on Monday last I saw him wirche [work].’; ‘That that dieth, let it die; and that that is to cut off, let it be cut off.’;

Soadverb

In that manner or degree; as, indicated (in any way), or as implied, or as supposed to be known.

‘Why is his chariot so long in coming?’;

That

As a conjunction, that retains much of its force as a demonstrative pronoun.

Soadverb

In like manner or degree; in the same way; thus; for like reason; whith equal reason; - used correlatively, following as, to denote comparison or resemblance; sometimes, also, following inasmuch as.

‘As a war should be undertaken upon a just motive, so a prince ought to consider the condition he is in.’;

That

To introduce a clause employed as the object of the preceding verb, or as the subject or predicate nominative of a verb.

‘She tells them 't is a causeless fantasy,And childish error, that they are afraid.’; ‘I have shewed before, that a mere possibility to the contrary, can by no means hinder a thing from being highly credible.’;

Soadverb

In such manner; to such degree; - used correlatively with as or that following; as, he was so fortunate as to escape.

‘I viewed in may mind, so far as I was able, the beginning and progress of a rising world.’; ‘He is very much in Sir Roger's esteem, so that he lives in the family rather as a relation than dependent.’;

That

As adverb: To such a degree; so; as, he was that frightened he could say nothing.

‘With singing, laughing, ogling, and all that.’; ‘The rank is but the guinea's stamp,The man's the gowd [gold] for a'that.’;

Soadverb

Very; in a high degree; that is, in such a degree as can not well be expressed; as, he is so good; he planned so wisely.

That

To introduce, a reason or cause; - equivalent to for that, in that, for the reason that, because.

‘He does hear me;And that he does, I weep.’;

Soadverb

In the same manner; as has been stated or suggested; in this or that condition or state; under these circumstances; in this way; - with reflex reference to something just asserted or implied; used also with the verb to be, as a predicate.

‘Use him [your tutor] with great respect yourself, and cause all your family to do so too.’; ‘It concerns every man, with the greatest seriousness, to inquire into those matters, whether they be so or not.’; ‘He is Sir Robert's son, and so art thou.’;

That

To introduce a purpose; - usually followed by may, or might, and frequently preceded by so, in order, to the end, etc.

‘These things I say, that ye might be saved.’; ‘To the end that he may prolong his days.’;

Soadverb

The case being such; therefore; on this account; for this reason; on these terms; - used both as an adverb and a conjuction.

‘God makes him in his own image an intellectual creature, and so capable of dominion.’; ‘Here, then, exchange we mutually forgiveness;So may the guilt of all my broken vows,My perjuries to thee, be all forgotten.’;

That

To introduce a consequence, result, or effect; - usually preceded by so or such, sometimes by that.

‘The birds their notes renew, and bleating herdsAttest their joy, that hill and valley rings.’; ‘He gazed so longThat both his eyes were dazzled.’; ‘So wept Duessa until eventide,That shining lamps in Jove's high course were lit.’; ‘Is not this the dayThat Hermia should give answer of her choice?’;

Soadverb

It is well; let it be as it is, or let it come to pass; - used to express assent.

‘And when 't is writ, for my sake read it over,And if it please you, so; if not, why, so.’; ‘There is Percy; if your father will do me any honor, so; if not, let him kill the next Percy himself.’;

That

In an elliptical sentence to introduce a dependent sentence expressing a wish, or a cause of surprise, indignation, or the like.

‘Ha, cousin Silence, that thou hadst seen that that this knight and I have seen!’; ‘O God, that right should thus overcome might!’; ‘To try if that our own be ours or no.’; ‘When he had carried Rome and that we lookedFor no less spoil than glory.’;

Soadverb

Well; the fact being as stated; - used as an expletive; as, so the work is done, is it?

That

The function word that is used in the English language for several grammatical purposes.These include: as a complementizer/subordinating conjunction. () That can be omitted when used to introduce a subordinate clause— could just as easily be .

‘He asked that she go.’; ‘he told me that it is a good read’; ‘he told me it is a good read’;

Soadverb

Is it thus? do you mean what you say? - with an upward tone; as, do you say he refuses? So?

Soadverb

About the number, time, or quantity specified; thereabouts; more or less; as, I will spend a week or so in the country; I have read only a page or so.

‘A week or so will probably reconcile us.’; ‘So do, as thou hast said.’; ‘As a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.’; ‘Had woman been so strong as men.’; ‘No country suffered so much as England.’;

Soconjunction

Provided that; on condition that; in case that; if.

‘Though all the winds of doctrine were let loose play upon the earth, so truth be in the field, we do injuriously, by licensing and prohibiting, to misdoubt her strength.’;

Sointerjection

Be as you are; stand still; stop; that will do; right as you are; - a word used esp. to cows; also used by sailors.

Sonoun

the syllable naming the fifth (dominant) note of any musical scale in solmization

Soadjective

conforming to truth;

‘I wouldn't have told you this if it weren't so’; ‘a truthful statement’;

Soadjective

marked by system; in good order;

‘everything is in order’; ‘his books are always just so’; ‘things must be exactly so’;

Soadverb

to a very great extent or degree;

‘the idea is so obvious’; ‘never been so happy’; ‘I love you so’; ‘my head aches so!’;

Soadverb

in order that;

‘he stooped down so he could pick up his hat’;

Soadverb

in such a condition or manner, especially as expressed or implied;

‘They're happy and I hope they will remain so’; ‘so live your life that old age will bring no regrets’;

Soadverb

to a certain unspecified extent or degree;

‘I can only go so far with this student’; ‘can do only so much in a day’;

Soadverb

in the same way; also;

‘I was offended and so was he’; ‘worked hard and so did she’;

Soadverb

in the way indicated;

‘hold the brush so’; ‘set up the pieces thus’;

Soadverb

(usually followed by `that') to an extent or degree as expressed;

‘he was so tired he could hardly stand’; ‘so dirty that it smells’;

Soadverb

subsequently or soon afterward (often used as sentence connectors);

‘then he left’; ‘go left first, then right’; ‘first came lightning, then thunder’; ‘we watched the late movie and then went to bed’; ‘and so home and to bed’;

Soadverb

in truth (often tends to intensify);

‘they said the car would break down and indeed it did’; ‘it is very cold indeed’; ‘was indeed grateful’; ‘indeed, the rain may still come’; ‘he did so do it!’;

Soadverb

to such a great extent

‘don't look so worried’; ‘the words tumbled out so fast that I could barely hear them’; ‘I'm not so foolish as to say that’;

Soadverb

extremely; very much (used for emphasis)

‘I do love it so’; ‘she looked so pretty’;

Soadverb

used to emphasize a clause or negative statement

‘you are so going to regret this’; ‘that's so not fair’;

Soadverb

used with a gesture to indicate size

‘the bird was about so long’;

Soadverb

to the same extent (used in comparisons)

‘he isn't so bad as you'd think’; ‘help without which he would not have done so well’;

Soadverb

referring back to something previously mentioned.

Soadverb

that is the case

‘I hear that you're a writer—is that so?’; ‘if she notices, she never says so’; ‘‘Has somebody called an ambulance?’ ‘I believe so’’;

Soadverb

similarly; and also

‘times have changed and so have I’;

Soadverb

expressing agreement

‘‘There's another one.’ ‘So there is.’’;

Soadverb

used for emphasis in a formula added at the end of a statement

‘your old man was the salt of the earth, so he was’;

Soadverb

used to emphatically contradict a negative statement

‘it is so!’;

Soadverb

in the way described or demonstrated; thus

‘so it was that he was still a bachelor’; ‘hold your arms so’;

Soconjunction

and for this reason; therefore

‘you know I'm telling the truth, so don't interrupt’; ‘it was still painful so I went to see a specialist’;

Soconjunction

with the result that

‘it was overgrown with brambles, so that I had difficulty making any progress’;

Soconjunction

with the aim that; in order that

‘they whisper to each other so that no one else can hear’;

Soconjunction

and then; as the next step

‘and so to the final’;

Soconjunction

introducing a question

‘so, what did you do today?’;

Soconjunction

introducing a question following on from what was said previously

‘so what did he do about it?’;

Soconjunction

why should that be considered significant?

‘‘He came into the shop this morning.’ ‘So?’’; ‘so what if he failed?’;

Soconjunction

introducing a statement which is followed by a defensive comment

‘so I like keeping track of things—what's wrong with that?’;

Soconjunction

introducing a concluding statement

‘so that's that’;

Soconjunction

in the same way; correspondingly

‘just as bad money drives out good, so does bad art drive out the good’;

Sonoun

variant spelling of soh

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