|> Other English exercises on the same topic: Conjunctions [Change theme]|
|> Similar tests: - As... Like... As if/ as though... - Conjunctions - Though/ in spite of ...Concession - When + future or not-The very first steps... - Whereas, Unless, Contrary to : contrasts - After, Afterwards and Then - Cause? Aim? Not mixing the two concepts ... - Whereas or While|
|> Double-click on words you don't understand|
To / in order to / so as to / so that
To, in order to, so as to, so that.
These structures express purpose and answer the question why something is done.
To We use 'to + verb' to say why we do something.
Examples: I'm going to Ireland to visit my family.
I went to the post office to buy some stamps.
In order to
So as to We can also use 'in order to' or 'so as to'.
Examples: I'm going to Ireland in order to visit my family.
I went to the post office so as to buy some stamps.
Note 1- 'in order to' and 'so as to' are more common before stative verbs like:
be, have, know, appear, seem, understand, etc.
Example: she left work early in order to be at home with the children.
2- Before a negative infinitive, we normally use 'so as' or 'in order'.
Example: I am leaving now so as not to be late.
(not: I am leaving now not to be late).
3- Do not use 'for' before the infinitive of purpose.
Example: I phoned Jenny to invite her to dinner.
(not: I phoned Jenny for invite her to dinner).
So that This structure is also frequently used to talk about purpose.
It is normally followed by modal such as can or will.
Example: I am saving money so that I can buy a new car.
Exercise: choose the correct word.
English exercise "To / in order to / so as to / so that" created by irish21 with The test builder. [More lessons & exercises from irish21]
Click here to see the current stats of this English test
Please log in to save your progress.
End of the free exercise to learn English: To / in order to / so as to / so that
A free English exercise to learn English.
Other English exercises on the same topic : Conjunctions | All our lessons and exercises