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Hi.

I have read numerous websites discussing how to punctuate the word so.Here is one of the sites that discussed it, which appeared to be credible.

  1. So is a coordinating conjunction when its meaning is during the time NOT as a result.
    1. The owl paddled, so the monkey slept.
  2. So is a subordinating conjunction when its meaning is in order that, with the purpose that. (It is usually followed by that.)
    1. The owl paddled, so that the monkey might sleep.
  3. So is a conjunctive adverb when its meaning is therefore.
    1. The owl paddled; so it made sense for the monkey to sleep.
However, I have read other peoples opinions which totally go against this.
Could someone tell me if this is correct or not and how it should be written if not like this.

Thanks Emotion: smile
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I'm confused. Are you saying I got up so she could take my seat needs a comma?
Hi,
Do you mean you got up in order that she could take your seat?
eg You were being polite to her..

Or do you mean you got up, and the result was that she could take your seat .
eg Maybe you got up because you had reached your destination Maybe you didn't even see her.

Clive
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Think of it like this.

NO COMMA: "I'm leaving so you can sit down." meaning is "in order that"
YES COMMA: "I'm leaving, so you can sit down." meaning is "therefore"

the meaning "during the time" is best left to other constructions, e.g. "The owl paddled while the monkey slept."