how to pronounce so


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so is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of so in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… but i sold a 400 hat so i guess it was a …”

meanings of so


  1. Initialism of shut out.
  2. A type of dairy product, made especially in Japan between the seventh and 10th centuries, by reducing milk by boiling it.
  3. A syllable used in solfège to represent the fifth note of a major scale.
  4. Initialism of significant other.
  5. Alternative form of So.
  6. Initialism of strike out.
  7. A Mon-Khmer-speaking people of Laos and Thailand.
  8. Initialism of symphony orchestra.
  9. Initialism of shootout.


  1. Very (positive clause).
  2. In the same manner or to the same extent as aforementioned; also.
  3. In a particular manner.
  4. To the (explicitly stated) extent that.
  5. Very (negative clause).
  6. To such an extent or degree; as.
  7. Very much.
  8. (informal) To the (implied) extent.


  1. Used to introduce a rhetorical question.
  2. Used to connect previous conversation or events to the following question.
  3. Reduced form of 'so that', used to express purpose; in order that.
  4. With the result that; for that reason; therefore.
  5. Provided that; on condition that, as long as.


  1. Be as you are; stand still; used especially to cows; also used by sailors.
  2. Used as a question to ask for further explanation of something said, often rhetorically or in a dismissive or impolite manner.
  3. Used after a pause for thought to introduce a new topic, question or story, or a new thought or question in continuation of an existing topic.
  4. Used as a meaningless filler word to begin a response to a question.


  1. In that state or manner; with that attribute. A proadjective that replaces the aforementioned adjective phrase.
  2. Homosexual.
  3. True, accurate.


  1. Initialism of someone.
  2. Abbreviation of someone.


  1. A Chinese surname​.

so frequency in english - A1 level of CEFR

the word so occurs in english on average 4339.1 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for A1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics so can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that so can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

2) people, society, and culture;

words with pronunciation similar to so


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