In SE01 EP01 of family guy
Peter says

Daddy only drank so that statue of liberty would take her clothes off

Hey isnt would the past form of will?

In present it would be

I'm only drinking so that the statue of liberty takes her clothes off

see there's no will

then why would in past?

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I'm only drinking so that the statue of liberty will take her clothes off.

why will? doesn't so mean the same as in order to? I only drank in order to make statue of liberty take her clothes off. see there's no will
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so that usually takes will or would depending on whether the main clause has the present or the past.

in order to is an infinitival construction.

Even if the meanings are similar, the grammar is different.

Janet is screaming so that her friends will hear her.
Janet was screaming so that her friends would hear her.
Janet is/was screaming in order to alert her friends of the danger.

CJ

what about this sentence?

Please don't move Johnny so the bees don't sting you

(see there's no will or any other modal verb )

user577

what about this sentence?

Please don't move Johnny so the bees don't sting you

(see there's no will or any other modal verb )

Yes, I can plainly see that there's no "will" in that sentence, though "won't" could easily substitute for "don't".

Is that somehow a problem for you?

CJ

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wont can substitute for dont and the meaning will remain the same?

then according to this we can also omit will from your given example


Janet is screaming so that her friends hear her.

user577

then according to this we can also omit will from your given example


Janet is screaming so that her friends hear her.

Yes, that's OK too, but it suggests that she was succeeding at being heard, whereas with "will" it means she's hoping that she'll be heard.

CJ

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