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so, adv. and conj. = 24. so .. that [=] in such a way, to such an extent, that
25. a. With omission of that, = sense 24.
26. a. so (that) , in limiting sense: On condition that, provided that, so long as, if only. Cf. 30. [Caution: Entry 26 is subdivided into (a) and (b). I refer to (a); only its sentences omit that).

Above, 25 and 26 equate so to so that, an equalisation (evidenced on OED to have been) used by masterly writers like: Chaucer, Browne, Samuel Johnson, Byron.

These answers assert differences between that and so that, which disprove 25 and 26,
and which explode the above uses of that (to mean so that).

The equalisation of so to so that in 25 and 26: 1. How and whence did it originate?
2. Is it wrong?
3. What might have deceived the aforesaid authors to use this wrong equalisation?

  • Is it 'so that' or 'so...that'? – Turkan Alisoy Aug 12 '15 at 16:43
  • @TurkanAlisoy I meant to ask about both. – Greek - Area 51 Proposal Aug 12 '15 at 17:50
  • İ kindly ask you to enlighten me. Do you ask about the difference between 'so' and 'so...that', 'so that'? – Turkan Alisoy Aug 13 '15 at 4:16
  • @TurkanAlisoy I'm happy to elucidate, but I must not pretend to be able to enlighten anyone (I'm no linguist)! Anyhow, no, I ask about the equalisation (the process of being equalised) of 'so' to 'so...that', 'so that', in the definitions above. I already know of their differences. Does this help? – Greek - Area 51 Proposal Aug 15 '15 at 1:25

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