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Posted on October 28, 2011

'So' 'as', 'since' and 'yet' can all be tricky and merely offering definitions in order to clarify their uses usually only serves to confuse.  For instance, the word 'so' can be used as an adverb (in 8 different ways), an adjective (in 2), a conjunction (in 2), a pronoun and as an interjection (So!  You're here at last.)
The only way to become comfortable with them (and therefore to allow your reader to become comfortable) is to read, read, read again, and then write, write and write some more.  Make sure as many people as possible read what you write, too - friends, family, colleagues.  Writing is fundamentally achieved only by practice and apprenticeship.

Tags: Small words, writing practice, apprenticeship