Chinese Notes
Chinese Notes

所以 suǒyǐ

  1. suǒyǐ conjunction therefore / as a result / so
    Domain: Modern Chinese 现代汉语 , Subdomain: Function Words 虚词 , Concept: Correlative 关联词
    Notes: This conjunction is often used as a connecting word in the main clause of subordinate complex sentences. It is often used in the pattern 因为…,所以… to express cause and effect (Sun 2006, loc. 2053).
  2. suǒyǐ phrase that by which
    Domain: Classical Chinese 古文
    Notes: In Literary Chinese this phrase is composed of two characters, in contrast with the single word 'therefore' in modern Chinese (Pulleyblank 1995, p. 50).