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effect3

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Polish-Poland
I took a map with me so that I knew where to go. Is it possible to use the past simple after so that?

Or should we say " I took a map with me so that I should know where to go? "
 
  • velisarius

    Senior Member
    British English (Sussex)
    They seem slightly different to me, effect.

    If you are expressing your intentions at the time,

    1. I took a map with me so that I should know where to go.

    If you want to tell us the results of your foresightedness,

    2. I took a map with me, so (that) I knew where to go
     
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