...he bought a house so that he WILL live closer to....

russian80

Senior Member
Russian
How would "...he bought a house so that he WILL live closer to.... " sound?

Normally, we have 3 different options:

...he bought a house so that he WOULD live closer to....
...he bought a house so that he LIVES closer to....
...he bought a house so that he LIVE live closer to.... (?)
 
  • pnin

    New Member
    English - United States
    I agree with Myridon, "can" or "could" would be correct usage in this case, and much more elegant.
     

    russian80

    Senior Member
    Russian
    Well, the question is, out of the 4 which is the most acceptable, and is there one that is totally unacceptable?

    There was an error in

    ...he bought a house so that he LIVE live closer to.... (?)

    The correct version is of course

    ...he bought a house so that he LIVE closer to.... (?)
     

    velisarius

    Senior Member
    British English (Sussex)
    This would work for me, but the sentences you proposed wouldn't. Myridon's query is pertinent - does "so that" indicate purpose or result here? In this sentence I'm assuming it's purpose:

    ...he bought a house [in X Street] so that he
    WOULD be closer to his mum....
     

    russian80

    Senior Member
    Russian
    Ok, what if we modify the other sentences too?

    ...he bought a house [in X Street] so that he WILL be closer to his mum....
    ...he bought a house [in X Street] so that he IS closer to his mum....
    ...he bought a house [in X Street] so that he BE closer to his mum....
     
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