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What's "so" mean here? When can I use it like this?

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Rebecca

Here "so" is an adverb and refers to an action previously mentioned. It functions similarly to "that." Here, "so" refers to Bruno telling them something. You can use it when you want to refer to specific actions mentioned before. To use it this way it generally requires "do" with it. It can sometimes sound a little formal but is fine to use in casual conversation. Ex: She drank all the coffee we had. By doing so, she couldn't sleep the whole night. Ex: Mom told me to do the laundry. But I'll do so later! = Mom told me to do the laundry. But I'll do that later!

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