What Is Their Main Difference?
Parts of Speech
As mentioned above, 'because' and 'so' are conjunction however they are classified in different conjunction types:
I ordered groceries online
- 'So' is classified as a coordinating conjunction as it connects two independent clauses:
We were out of groceries,
'Because' and 'so' convey different meanings therefore they are used in different contexts.
- 'Because' expresses the cause of an action or event:
Harry didn't come to the party
- 'So' expresses the result of an action or event:
Harry wasn't invited,
Position in a Sentence
'Because' can be placed at the beginning and at the middle of the sentence:
She is here
- 'So,' however, cannot be place at the beginning of the sentence and must be placed between the two independent clauses:
✓ Be careful when you run,
So you don't fall, be careful when you run.
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