Element FORM/USE: 'SO', SUMMARISING, INFORMAL
SuperCat DISCOURSE MARKERS
SubCat discourse markers in writing
Lexical Range N/A
Level A2
Cando Can use 'so' as a discourse marker to summarise, usually in informal contexts.
Corrected Learner Example So, what do you think? (Brazil; A2 WAYSTAGE; 2009; Portuguese; Pass)

[talking about not being able to make it to a party] I have got an appointment with my dentist. So, I'm really sorry about that and I'm getting so sad. (A2 WAYSTAGE; 2007; Farsi; Fail)

I'll be free at 15.00. So, I'll be at your house at 15.30. (Spain; A2 WAYSTAGE; 2001; Catalan; Pass)
Uncorrected Learner Example
Comments Occurrences of 'so', as a topic changer, are much more common in spoken language, e.g. 'So, anyone interested in going for lunch?'

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