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Conjunctions “And,” “But,” “So,” and “Or” | (A-Level, Basic) Page 3

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"So" — Showing a Logical Conclusion or Effect

When you use “so” to connect ideas, one idea is the cause, and the other is the effect. The other idea is also a conclusion that makes sense based on the first idea.

For example, examine the following ideas:

It’s very late.

I’m going to bed.

You can add these ideas together in one sentence using “and.”

Mark is watching TV, and Patricia is reading a book.


Examples using "so"

It’s hot, so I’m going to open the window.

John can’t cook, so he’s going to a restaurant for dinner.

It’s raining, so we can’t go to the park anymore.

Jack is going to live in France, so he is taking a French course.


The movie is in Japanese, so I need to read the subtitles in English.

Up Next: "Or" — Showing a Choice or Alternative

Continue the lesson to learn about the coordinating conjunction “or.”