1. Bonsai are trees and plants grown in containers in such a way that they look their most beautiful even prettier than thosegrowing in the wild.
2. Bonsai are trees and plants grown in containers in such a way so they look their most beautiful even prettier than those growingin the wild.
3. Bonsai are trees and plants grown in containers in such a way so that they look their most beautiful even prettier than thosegrowing in the wild.
The three sentences differ in form only in the part of 'in such a way that, so, so that', yet the three do seem to have no differences whatsoever in sense from each other. Do they?

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1. Bonsai are trees and plants grown in containers in such a way that they look their most beautiful even prettier ... that', yet the three do seem to have no differences whatsoever in sense from each other. Do they? TIA CK

I don't think there's a difference in meaning, but I wouldn't use 'so' in that context and I certainly wouldn't use 'so that'. I can't think of a good reason. I think it's at least partly because 2 & 3 sound too wordy. But taking out the 'in such a way' seems to make using 'so that' or 'so' sound better, while shortening only one of them.

I might say 'Bonsai are trees and plants grown in containers so that they look their most beautiful even prettier than those growing in the wild.' or 'Bonsai are trees and plants grown in containers so they look their most beautiful even prettier than those growing in the wild.'

Cheryl
1. Bonsai are trees and plants grown in containers in such a way that they look their most beautiful even prettier ... so, so that', yet the three do seem to have no differences whatsoever in sense from each other. Do they?

I agree with Cheryl's selection of your first example as the aptest. For your second and third examples, while I do not detect any difference in meaning from the first example,
I would amend the second and third to read "in such a way as to look", or I would remove "in such a way" in favor of "so"(no "that), or even for all three sentences eliminate everything between "containers" and "even" and replace that with "containers so they look even, etc."
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Pat wrote on Tue, 1 Dec 2009 09:48:36 -0600:
1. Bonsai are trees and plants grown in containers in ... no differences whatsoever in sense from each other. Do they?

None of the three sentences expresses the principles of Bonsai, to try to grow a small plant so that it imitates a much larger wild one, so why worry?

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1. Bonsai are trees and plants grown in containers in such a way that they look their most beautiful even prettier ... so, so that', yet the three do seem to have no differences whatsoever in sense from each other. Do they?

"In such a way" and "so" mean the same thing in this context. "That" is sometimes omitted. 1 is correct. In 2 or 3 either "in such a way" or "so" should be omitted.
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1. Bonsai are trees and plants grown in containers in such a way that they look their most beautiful even prettier ... so, so that', yet the three do seem to have no differences whatsoever in sense from each other. Do they?

This seems simpler and equivalent, to me:
Bonsai are trees and (other) plants grown in containers to look their most beautiful...

John
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1. Bonsai are trees and plants grown in containers in such a way that the=y look their most beautiful even prettier ... so, so that', yet the three do seem to have no differences whatsoever in sense from eac=h other. Do they?

(2) and (3) are ungrammatical. "Such" takes "that," not "so."

Also, as others have mentioned it's not exactly a true statement.
1. Bonsai are trees and plants grown in containers in ... no differences whatsoever in sense from each other. Do they?

This seems simpler and equivalent, to me: Bonsai are trees and (other) plants grown in containers to look their most beautiful...

or:
Bonsai are trees and (other) plants grown in containers so as to look their most beautiful...
BTW I consider 2 and 3 to be ungrammatical, or at least poor style.

T.
1. Bonsai are trees and plants grown in containers in ... whatsoever in sense from each other. Do they? TIA CK

I don't think there's a difference in meaning, but I wouldn't use 'so' in that context and I certainly wouldn't ... are trees and plants grown in containers so they look their most beautiful even prettier than those growing in the wild.'

Both of yours, it seems to me, make the "grown in containers" part of the thing that makes those plants prettier than wild ones. That is, the "so" clause seems to modify "grown."
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