Here is my example (from an SAT question):

Just as Ireland has produced many famous writers and the Netherlands an abundance of famous painters, so Finland has provided a large number of famous architects

I don't understand the use of "so" here, could someone please explain what the use of this phrase means? Thanks

  • "So" is a conjuntion meaning "in the same way or correspondingly". Look up the dictionary and it's there. The answer is "E".
    – user140086
    Nov 7, 2015 at 7:38

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It means:

"In the same way that Ireland has produced...and the Netherlands have produced..., Finland has also..." or: "Just like Ireland has..., Finland has also..."

  • I see, to confirm, "so" means "also" in this context?
    – dngr193
    Nov 13, 2015 at 22:42
  • Yes, just the word "so" pretty much means "also" depending on what is in the first clause e.g. Just like..., Finland has also...
    – MoniqueH
    Nov 14, 2015 at 6:08

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