In order that.
“Eat your broccoli so you can have dessert.”
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.”
Provided that; on condition that, as long as.
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.”
To the (implied) extent.
“I need a piece of cloth so long. [= this long]”
Very (positive clause).
“He is so good!”
Very (negative clause).
“It’s not so bad. [i.e. it’s acceptable]”
In a particular manner.
“Place the napkin on the table just so. If that’s what you mean, then say so; (or do so).”
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.””
To such an extent or degree; as.
“so far as;”
“so long as;”
“so much as”
“That is so.”
“You are responsible for this, is that not so?”
In that state or manner; with that attribute. A proadjective that replaces the aforementioned adjective phrase.
“Is he so?”
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…”
Short for so what.
“”You park your car in front of my house every morning.” — “So?””
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?”
Be as you are; stand still; used especially to cows; also used by sailors.
abbreviation of someone
A syllable used in solfège to represent the fifth note of a major scale.
A type of dairy product made in Japan between the seventh and 10th centuries.
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”
extremely; very much (used for emphasis)
“I do love it so”
“she looked so pretty”
used to emphasize a clause or negative statement
“you are so going to regret this”
“that’s so not fair”
used with a gesture to indicate size
“the bird was about so long”
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”
referring back to something previously mentioned.
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’”
similarly; and also
“times have changed and so have I”
“‘There’s another one.’ ‘So there is.’”
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”
used to emphatically contradict a negative statement
“it is so!”
in the way described or demonstrated; thus
“so it was that he was still a bachelor”
“hold your arms so”
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”
with the result that
“it was overgrown with brambles, so that I had difficulty making any progress”
with the aim that; in order that
“they whisper to each other so that no one else can hear”
and then; as the next step
“and so to the final”
introducing a question
“so, what did you do today?”
introducing a question following on from what was said previously
“so what did he do about it?”
why should that be considered significant?
“‘He came into the shop this morning.’ ‘So?’”
“so what if he failed?”
introducing a statement which is followed by a defensive comment
“so I like keeping track of things—what’s wrong with that?”
introducing a concluding statement
“so that’s that”
in the same way; correspondingly
“just as bad money drives out good, so does bad art drive out the good”
variant spelling of soh