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Offline Takashi

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about "so"
« on: October 10, 2019, 03:13:51 pm »
I'd appreciate it if you could help me with the following question.

"When the upper air temperature drops below the dew point and nuclei are present, water droplets can form (  A. so it becomes  / B to become  ) a cloud."
B. "to become" is the answer, and A is wrong, since "it" cannot refer to "water droplets."

Could you tell me if A is "so they become," the whole sentence is correct?
"When the upper air temperature drops below the dew point and nuclei are present, water droplets can form so they become a cloud."


Thank you very much.

Takashi
« Last Edit: October 10, 2019, 03:21:46 pm by Takashi »

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Re: about "so"
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2019, 06:47:25 pm »
No. Either "to become" or, perhaps better, "and become".
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Re: about "so"
« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2019, 04:30:50 am »
Thank you very much indeed, Mr Baker!

Could you also tell me if I am correct in thinking that "water droplets can form so they become a cloud" is a possibility in terms of grammar, but that it is much too awkward?
In the same way, should I also regard the structure "water droplets can form so that they will become a cloud" as wrong?

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Takashi

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Re: about "so"
« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2019, 09:58:13 am »
Yes in both cases.
Your second sentence implies that the water droplets were able to make their own decision. Compare: He combed his hair carefully so that he would look more attractive.
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Re: about "so"
« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2019, 04:51:07 pm »
Thank you very much indeed, Mr Baker!
Everything is perfectly clear now.
Thank you so much for telling me why "so that they will become a cloud" is wrong.

Takashi