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"It is easy to understand the calendar we use today. It was not always so easy."

In this sentence, what does 'so' mean ?

  • "so" is used as a synonym of "very" here. – Janki Gadhiya Apr 13 '16 at 7:42
  • Are you looking for the syntactic role of the word or its meaning? – deadrat Apr 13 '16 at 10:03
  • It means it was not as easy as how it is today. – Nagarajan Shanmuganathan Apr 13 '16 at 10:31
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Simple Definition of so

: to a degree that is suggested or stated

: to a great degree

: very or extremely

: without any doubt

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/so

In this case, "so" takes the meaning of the first explanation.

It is easy to understand the calendar we use today. It was not always so easy. -> It is now easy to understand the calendar but, in the past, understanding the calendar was not as easy as today.

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