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  • in truth (often tends to intensify)
    • they said the car would break down and indeed it did
    • it is very cold indeed
    • was indeed grateful
    • indeed, the rain may still come
    • he did so do it!
  • (used to introduce a logical conclusion) from that fact or reason or as a result
    • therefore X must be true
    • the eggs were fresh and hence satisfactory
    • we were young and thence optimistic
    • it is late and thus we must go
    • the witness is biased and so cannot be trusted
  • subsequently or soon afterward (often used as sentence connectors)
    • then he left
    • go left first, then right
    • first came lightning, then thunder
    • we watched the late movie and then went to bed
    • and so home and to bed
  • (usually followed by `that') to an extent or degree as expressed
    • he was so tired he could hardly stand
    • so dirty that it smells
  • in the way indicated; (`thusly' is a nonstandard variant)
    • hold the brush so
    • set up the pieces thus
  • in the same way; also
    • I was offended and so was he
    • worked hard and so did she
  • to a certain unspecified extent or degree
    • I can only go so far with this student
    • can do only so much in a day
  • in such a condition or manner, especially as expressed or implied
    • They're happy and I hope they will remain so
    • so live your life that old age will bring no regrets
  • in a manner that facilitates
    • he observed the snakes so he could describe their behavior
    • he stooped down so he could pick up his hat
  • to a very great extent or degree
    • the idea is so obvious
    • never been so happy
    • I love you so
    • my head aches so!
  • the syllable naming the fifth (dominant) note of any musical scale in solmization
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