A: Ouch!

B: Are you Ok?

A: I think so.

What's the meaning of "so" in this last sentence

  • So is a pro-clause here. In that sentence it means that I am ok Oct 30, 2022 at 12:55
  • 'so': "in the way or manner indicated, described, or implied"
    – Joachim
    Oct 30, 2022 at 12:56
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    Ouch! Are you Ok? I think I am OK. Using "so" allows me to avoid repeating the question.
    – GEdgar
    Oct 30, 2022 at 12:59
  • See also Is 'so' a pronoun?
    – Mitch
    Oct 30, 2022 at 14:51

1 Answer 1


So can replace that clauses for the sake of avoiding repetition:

So as substitute

With some verbs, we often use so instead of repeating an object clause, especially in short answers:

A: Will Megan be at the meeting today?

B: I think so. (I think Megan will be at the meeting today.)


  • Yes, so does that job because it points to that in a way as to indicate that thing or like that. Oct 30, 2022 at 15:07
  • can we delete "so" in this sentence?
    – Ali Sabiza
    Oct 30, 2022 at 15:24
  • Without "so", I think does not make sense as an answer.
    – fev
    Oct 30, 2022 at 15:32
  • @fev Some people might say "I think . . ." with emphasis on the second word, which trails off. (Perhaps "so" is understood in the trailing off part.) Oct 30, 2022 at 22:06

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