Prepositions

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Is 'So as to' Formal?

We generally use "so as to" in very formal language or academic writing.

Is 'In order to' Formal?

We commonly use "in order to" in formal and neutral contexts, but it can be introduced in a wide range of situations.

Negative Sentences with 'So as to'

To write a negative sentence with "so as to", you simply need to add "not" before "to" ("so as not to").

How to Use 'So as to'

"So as to" is a compound preposition that has an infinitive as its object. You can use it at the beginning or in mid-sentence.

'So as to' vs. 'To'

"So as to" and "to" are prepositions that have an infinitive as its object. When expressing purpose, they both have the same meaning.

'In order to' vs. 'So as to'

"In order to" and "so as to" are used to express purpose and generally interchangeable. They are compound prepositions that have an infinitive as its object.