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so

adverb (IN THIS WAY)    /səʊ/ US  /soʊ/
in this way, or like this: The pillars, which are outside the building, are so placed in order to provide the maximum space inside. I've so arranged my trip that I'll be home on Friday evening. used when you are showing how something is done: Just fold this piece of paper back, so, and make a crease here. Gently fold in the eggs like so. used when you are representing the size of something: "How tall is he next to you?" "Oh, about so big," she said, indicating the level of her neck. "The table that I liked best was about so wide," she said, holding her arms out a metre and a half. Grammar:SoSee moreGrammar:So + adjective (so difficult), so + adverb (so slowly)We often use so when we mean ‘to such a great extent’. With this meaning, so is a degree adverb that modifies adjectives and other adverbs:See moreGrammar:So much and so manyWe use so before much, many, little and few:See moreGrammar:So as a substitute formSee moreGrammar:So am I, so do I, Neither do IWe use so with be and with modal and auxiliary verbs to mean ‘in the same way’, ‘as well’ or ‘too’. We use it in order to avoid repeating a verb, especially in short responses with pronoun subjects. When we use so in this way, we invert the verb and subject, and we do not repeat the main verb (so + verb [= v] + subject [= s]):See moreGrammar:So as a conjunctionWe use so as a subordinating conjunction to introduce clauses of result or decision:See moreGrammar:So as a discourse markerSee moreGrammar:So: other uses in speakingSo far means ‘up to now’:See more
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