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Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #107592: How to express consequence
How to express consequence
1) Consequences can be expressed using 'So that+ V' or 'so that+ modal auxiliary+ V':
1) To express consequences, in sentences referring to the past, ‘so that’ or ‘in order that’ can be followed by should/could/would depending on the context and the nuance you want to convey.
ex : I spoke very clearly so that everyone could understand me.
ex : It was raining cats and dogs, so that the concert was cancelled.
ex : He refused to give an explanation so that I should/would be punished.
ex : He forgot to give an explanation, so that I was punished.
2) If the first part of the sentence, (expressing a cause) contains an adjective or an adverb, a subordinate introduced by 'so (that)' ou une proposition infinitive can be used.
ex : The entrance to that Park is very expensive, so that few people can afford it !
ex : My neighbour was so talkative as to repeat all your precious secrets. = He was talkative enough to repeat all your precious secrets ... (He did it on purpose!)
ex : Your explanation is too complicated for me to understand. (mere statement)
3) If the cause is expressed with a noun, it is often preceded by such :
ex : He’s such a star that every passer-by stares at him.
4) Many link words are used too in order to express consequences quite easily:
That’s why... / Consequently.../ as a consequence.../ as a result…/therefore.../ If... then…
ex : He didn’t pay his taxes in time, as a result, he was given a penalty !
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