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: Literary Chinese 文言文
    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).

Texts that the word is most frequently mentioned in

Collection Document Title Occurrences
Commentaries on the Four Books by Zhu Xi 朱熹《四書章句集注》 《中庸章句》 Commentary on Doctrine of the Mean 83
Guoyu 《國語》 周語下 Discourses of Zhou III 42
Old Book of Tang 《舊唐書》 卷二十二 志第二: 禮儀二 Volume 22 Treatises 2: Rites 2 36
Han Feizi 《韓非子》 詭使第四十五 Chapter 45: Absurd Encouragements 35
Xunzi 《荀子》 禮論篇第十九 Chapter 19: Discussion on Ceremony 35
Records of the Grand Historian 《史記》 《扁鵲倉公列傳》 Biographies of Bian Que and the Duke of Cang 34
Huainanzi 《淮南子》 卷二十一 要略 Chapter 21: Summary 33
Daode Jing 《道德經》 Daode Jing 《道德經》 31
The Book of Rites 《禮記》 《中庸》 The State of Equilibrium and Harmony, also known as the Doctrine of the Mean 31
Stratagems of the Warring States 《戰國策》 卷十九 趙二 Chapter 19: Zhao II 30