So vs. Too

By Jaxson

  • So (conjunction)

    In order that.

    “Eat your broccoli so you can have dessert.”

  • So (conjunction)

    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!””

  • So (conjunction)

    Provided that; on condition that, as long as.

  • So (adverb)

    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.”

  • So (adverb)

    To the (implied) extent.

    “I need a piece of cloth so long. [= this long]”

  • So (adverb)

    Very (positive clause).

    “He is so good!”

  • So (adverb)

    Very (negative clause).

    “It’s not so bad. [i.e. it’s acceptable]”

  • So (adverb)

    In a particular manner.

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

  • So (adverb)

    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.””

  • So (adverb)

    To such an extent or degree; as.

    “so far as;”

    “so long as;”

    “so much as”

  • So (adjective)

    True, accurate.

    “That is so.”

    “You are responsible for this, is that not so?”

  • So (adjective)

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

  • So (adjective)


    “Is he so?”

  • So (interjection)

    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…”

  • So (interjection)

    Short for so what.

    “”You park your car in front of my house every morning.” — “So?””

  • So (interjection)

    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?”

  • So (interjection)

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

  • So (pronoun)

    abbreviation of someone

  • So (noun)

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

  • So (noun)

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

  • Too (adverb)


  • Too (adverb)

    Also; in addition.

  • Too (adverb)

    To an excessive degree; over; more than enough.

  • Too (adverb)

    To a high degree, very.

    “She doesn’t talk too much.”

    “I’m not too sure about this.”

  • Too (adverb)

    Used to contradict a negative assertion.

    “”You’re not old enough yet.””

    “”I am, too!””

  • So (adverb)

    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”

  • So (adverb)

    extremely; very much (used for emphasis)

    “I do love it so”

    “she looked so pretty”

  • So (adverb)

    used to emphasize a clause or negative statement

    “you are so going to regret this”

    “that’s so not fair”

  • So (adverb)

    used with a gesture to indicate size

    “the bird was about so long”

  • So (adverb)

    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”

  • So (adverb)

    referring back to something previously mentioned.

  • So (adverb)

    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’”

  • So (adverb)

    similarly; and also

    “times have changed and so have I”

  • So (adverb)

    expressing agreement

    “‘There’s another one.’ ‘So there is.’”

  • So (adverb)

    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”

  • So (adverb)

    used to emphatically contradict a negative statement

    “it is so!”

  • So (adverb)

    in the way described or demonstrated; thus

    “so it was that he was still a bachelor”

    “hold your arms so”

  • So (conjunction)

    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”

  • So (conjunction)

    with the result that

    “it was overgrown with brambles, so that I had difficulty making any progress”

  • So (conjunction)

    with the aim that; in order that

    “they whisper to each other so that no one else can hear”

  • So (conjunction)

    and then; as the next step

    “and so to the final”

  • So (conjunction)

    introducing a question

    “so, what did you do today?”

  • So (conjunction)

    introducing a question following on from what was said previously

    “so what did he do about it?”

  • So (conjunction)

    why should that be considered significant?

    “‘He came into the shop this morning.’ ‘So?’”

    “so what if he failed?”

  • So (conjunction)

    introducing a statement which is followed by a defensive comment

    “so I like keeping track of things—what’s wrong with that?”

  • So (conjunction)

    introducing a concluding statement

    “so that’s that”

  • So (conjunction)

    in the same way; correspondingly

    “just as bad money drives out good, so does bad art drive out the good”

  • So (noun)

    variant spelling of soh

  • Too (adverb)

    to a higher degree than is desirable, permissible, or possible; excessively

    “he wore suits that seemed a size too small for him”

    “he was driving too fast”

  • Too (adverb)


    “you’re too kind”

  • Too (adverb)

    in addition; also

    “is he coming too?”

  • Too (adverb)

    moreover (used when adding a further point)

    “she is a grown woman, and a strong one too”

Oxford Dictionary

Leave a Comment