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    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.

    I spoke very clearly so that everyone could understand me.

    It was raining cats and dogs, so that the concert was cancelled.

    - He refused to give an explanation so that I should/would be punished. 

    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, then a subordinate introduced by 'so (that)' or an infinitive proposition can be used.

    - The entrance to that Park is very expensive, so that few people can afford it!

    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!)

    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 :

    - 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...

    He didn't pay his taxes in time, as a result, he was given a penalty!



    (Shall expresses a necessity)

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    1) He was good pianist that everybody thought he was a professional. In fact, he wasn't !

    2) He was speeding and driving carelessly, he was arrested by the police and fined.

    3) That lecture was too confused understand anything. I gave up listening after twenty minutes.

    4) The young girl was good singer that everybody had tears in their eyes.

    5) She didn't do what she had promised, and , she disappointed everyone around her.

    6) If she had worn gloves, she wouldn't have left her fingerprints everywhere, she wouldn't have been arrested.

    7) The air traffic controllers were on strike many foreign lecturers arrived late at the symposium.

    8) He was whispering, you had to be both silent and careful to hear what he was saying...

    9) Young Marcel spoke with everyone could hear he was from the South of France !

    10)The baby was sick when I had just changed him and was cuddling him. , I comforted him and changed him entirely again and then,... I changed myself !

    11) My sister didn't come to take me back home from hospital, I had no other choice than manage by myself.

    , I hired a taxi.

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