Point 1: The word ‘so‘ has many different meanings. Notice the diffrerent ways it is used below.
- So, what did you do last night?
- This soup is so delicious.
- I want to save money, so I have two jobs.
- So, I want to go to your party, but I am so busy, so I can’t.
Point 2: We can use ‘so’ to show we are about to say something or add new information.
- So, what do you think of the new cafe?
- So, when is the meeting again.
- It is hot. So, why don’t we go swimming.
- So, who should I talk to?
Point 3: We use ‘so’ as a coordinating conjuntion to show a connection between actions.
- It was hot, so we went inside.
- It was very expensive, so I did not buy it.
- It is getting late, so you better hurry.
- I am very busy, so I do not watch much TV
Point 4: We use the word ‘so’ before an adjective to show a very high degree or quality of something.
- She is so nice!
- This is so delicious.
- The clothes here are so expensive.
- This game is so fun!
Abidemi: Todd, are you good at saving money?
Todd: No, I’m terrible. I waste money. I waste so much money.
Todd: Well, I don’t buy things on sale. I don’t use coupons. I buy anything I see.
Abidemi: So, when I shop, I don’t look at prices. I just see the food or the thing and I get it and I buy it and I pay for it. And, then it’s sometimes very expensive, so I just waste money. I don’t budget. I need to budget my money but I don’t budget my money.
Todd: What about you? Are you good at saving money?
Abidemi: I don’t think I’m too bad at saving money. I look at prices a lot. I also buy a lot of things on sale, so I’m able to save some money.
Todd: So, you look for discounts.
Abidemi: Yes, I do.
Todd: Do you use coupons or special offers?
Abidemi: No, I don’t, but if I see some I will use them.
Todd: So, do you waste money on anything? Like, maybe eating out, buying clothes, renting movies?
Abidemi: I waste money on buying clothes.
Todd: Oh, okay!
Abidemi: But, I save a little bit because I buy them on sale.
Todd: Ah, do you buy things online?
Abidemi: No, I don’t. I usually go into the stores to shop.
Todd: I’m good with clothes too, so I don’t spend much money on clothes. I only shop maybe once a year. Or, I only shop if I need something, like it’s really cold and I need a jacket.
Abidemi: I see.
Todd: And, I’m really bad, so I often only wear clothes people give to me.
Abidemi: That’s good!
Todd: Yeah, so I get shirts or ties for Christmas gifts or a birthday gift, and I do that. My mom often asks … every year, my mom asks, “What do you want for Christmas?”, “What do you want for your birthday?”
Todd: And I’ll say, “Underwear and socks” or “Socks and T-shirts”. And so, she buys them for me and then I don’t have to buy them.
Abidemi: Wow. Sounds like you’re an easy person to give a present to.
Todd: Yes, for clothes. Yes, for clothes. But, I waste money on computers and electronics and those things are expensive, so I buy a new computer every year. I have four computers now in my house.
Todd: I have five mobile phones.
Todd: I have an iPad. I have lots of electronic equipment. So, I spend so much money on those things.
Abidemi: I waste money on traveling.
Todd: Ah, yeah.
Abidemi: Every year, I take about one or two trips to different countries, so that’s where a lot of my money go.
Todd: Yeah, traveling is expensive.
Abidemi: Yes, yes.
Todd: But, when you travel, do you save money? Do you stay at cheap hotels? Or, do you buy cheap plane tickets?
Abidemi: I try to. I try to all the time. But, usually the plane ticket is so expensive that a lot of my savings is already gone.
Todd: Yeah, I know. I buy my tickets online, usually with Expedia. And, it’s cheap. It’s pretty cheap. I waste money on food. I eat out almost every day.
Todd: Or, I buy my dinner at the supermarket almost every day. Do you waste money on food?
Abidemi: No, I don’t. I usually get bored if I eat out too much, because even though I am not a very good cook, there are some thing that I cook that I like to eat. So, I would miss those things. So, no, I don’t waste money on eating out.
Todd: Ah, that’s interesting. So, you save money, I waste money. You have to teach me your tricks. You have to teach me your tips on saving money.
Abidemi: Please teach me how to get cheap travel tickets.
Todd: It’s a deal.