Usage of “So and Therefore” and “To and In Order To”
When we want to indicate the result of something, we use “so,” and it’s generally used in the middle of the sentence.
- Maria was listening to music loudly so I warned her.
- She was making noise in the library so I called the librarian.
- He didn’t listen to me so I repeated the topic.
- He was talking to his friend next to him so he couldn’t see the goal.
“Therefore” has the same meaning as “so,” but it’s more commonly used in written language and comes at the beginning of the sentence.
- Maria was listening to the music loudly. Therefore, I warned her.
- She was making noise in the library. Therefore, I called the librarian.
- He didn’t listen to me. Therefore, I repeated the topic.
- The miners didn’t go to work on Monday. Therefore, the director was shocked.
To and In Order To:
We use these to indicate the reason for doing something.
- Last year, I went to the course to learn English.
- I followed him in order to find out what he was doing.
- I called my wife to check the time of the flight.
- We went to the airport in order to meet our friends.
- Selena and I hired a bike to tour the hill.
- I went on a diet to lose weight.
- – Why did you come here?
- – In order to use your phone.