Under which of the English meanings should you put the "so" in:
"I was hungry and so I ate something"?
In this instance, it's a synonym of "therefore," right? As such, it should be an adverb. However, this usage isn't listed on this page —This unsigned comment was added by 22.214.171.124 (talk • contribs) at 22:12, 9 November 2008.
===Adverb=== sense: therefore: He ate too much cake, so he got sick; He wanted a book, so he went to the library.
Isn't this a conjunction? I mean, therefore is an adverb, but this is not used the same way: therefore is used only to modify a sentence ("He ate too much cake; therefore, he got sick"), whereas so is used only to connect sentences. If I'm right that this belongs under ===Conjunction===, then its definition and translation table need fixing also.—msh210℠ 17:02, 26 April 2010 (UTC)
I hear a lot of people using "so" where one should use "well". Someone is asked a question, and instead of starting his answer with "Well, ...", he starts with "So ...". I remember a friend of mine doing that at least as far back as 2001, but it seems to be getting more common (unfortunately!). Eric Kvaalen (talk) 13:16, 26 February 2012 (UTC)
None of our senses explains to me sentences like "There is so a Santa Claus!" or "And what do you know, the State listened, and decreed that yes, Mr. B., there is so a Plan B."  What does the "so" do there - does it emphasize the verb "be" which can't be emphasized by "do"? I mean, you can say "I do believe in Santa", but not "there does be a Santa", so do you say "there is so a Santa" instead? Or am I off the mark? --Thrissel (talk) 18:38, 1 May 2013 (UTC)
Sounds right to me. We also say simply, "It IS SO!" when contradicting someone who claims something is not the case. Eric Kvaalen (talk) 12:28, 1 June 2013 (UTC)