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English definition of “so”

so

conjunction (SENTENCE BEGINNING)    /səʊ/ US  /soʊ/
A2 used at the beginning of a sentence to connect it with something that has been said or has happened previously: So, there I was standing at the edge of the road with only my underwear on ... So, just to finish what I was saying earlier...Connecting words joining words or phrases with similar or related meanings A2 used as a way of making certain that you or someone else understand something correctly, often when you are repeating the important points of a plan: So we leave on the Thursday and get back the next Tuesday, is that right?Connecting words joining words or phrases with similar or related meanings A2 used to refer to a discovery that you have just made: So that's what he does when I'm not around!Connecting words joining words or phrases with similar or related meanings A2 used as a short pause, sometimes to emphasize what you are saying: So, here we are again - just you and me.Connecting words joining words or phrases with similar or related meanings A2 used before you introduce a subject of conversation that is of present interest, especially when you are asking a question: So, who do you think is going to win the election?Connecting words joining words or phrases with similar or related meanings informal used to show that you agree with something that someone has just said, but you do not think that it is important: So the car's expensive - well, I can afford it.Connecting words joining words or phrases with similar or related meanings 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
(Definition of so conjunction (SENTENCE BEGINNING) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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