so as to
‘so as to’ is a three-sets-of-two-letters-cute phrase carrying two redundant words. “in order to” is less letter-construction-cute while containing two redundant words.
- kate went barefoot in order to hide the possibility that her socks have escaped.
- Microsoft is committed to…. (blah-de-blah) …so as to make it easy to install non-Microsoft products (Microsoft press release).
In both examples only the word ‘to’ does any real work. Or am I missing some subtle spin these words add to a message? Maybe it makes the person who uses them sound clever. What do you think?
So as to sound clever I will be using more words than usual and throwing in some new words for good measure. In order to avoid getting poked in the eye today I will not be walking within forking distance of Turdface.