English grammar (See all our English grammar tips)
Want to improve your English? Test our online English lessons for free!
So thatSo that (in order to) allows us to express an aim, and is often followed by a modal auxiliary like can, will, may or could, would, might:
Horatio left the Amazon so that he could work with Bruno Delavigne. Horatio left the Amazon in order to work with Bruno Delavigne.
I've finished the report so that you may read it. I've finished the report in order for you to read it.
So that you don't go hungry, I left some food on the table. In order for you not to go hungry, I left some food on the table.
Note the difference between so that and so. As a conjunction, so is used to show an effect or result.
I was tired so I decided not to go to the party I decided not to go to the party because I was tired.
Still having difficulties with 'So that'? Want to improve your English? Test our online English lessons and receive a free level assessment!
Do you have smart way of remembering this rule? A tip to avoid making a mistake on 'So that'? Share it with us!