Adverb Clauses of Purpose

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Adverb Clauses of Purpose :

Adverb Clauses of purpose answer the question for what purpose!

These are usually expressed by so that + may/might or will/would/should + plain infinitive.

In conversational style, can/could is also used and the THAT in so that is often left out.

1. Let the dog loose so that it may have a run.
2. I hit the boy so that he would never climb trees again.
3. We’ve come early so that we won’t miss the trailer.
4. I picked him a little food so that he wouldn’t get hungry.
5. Bring it closer so that I can see it better.

The use of IN ORDER THAT or THAT (instead of SO THAT) is more formal. The construction with THAT alone is rare in modem English.

1. They died in order that we might be free.

Clauses introduced by IN CASE (used as in the example below) or LEST are also sometimes called clauses of purpose. LEST is only found in literary English and is usually followed by SHOULD.

1. Take the umbrella in case it rains (because perhaps it will rain).
2. I obeyed her lest (for fear that) she should be angry.

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