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April 17, 2011
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There is no correct use of "and so" in Standard American English. Using "and so" may be colloquial, or an empty phrase that adds no value to an idea.
Colloquial "and so"Bob enjoyed the movie and so did Helen.RevisedBob and Helen enjoyed the movie.
Empty phraseHeat causes a physical change in protein structure, and so, egg whites harden when cooked.RevisedHeat causes a physical change in protein structure, therefore, egg whites harden when cooked.More conciseEgg whites harden when cooked because heat causes a physical change in protein structure.
To be more concise, try thinking 'if - then', 'if - else', or 'while - occurs' instead of 'if - then - so'.
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