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He was fat so he couldn't get through the door

hirashin

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Dear native English speakers,
Would those both the sentences have the same meaning?
(a) He was so fat he couldn't get through the door.
(b) He was fat so he couldn't get through the door.

Does (b) need a comma after "fat"?

Thanks in advance.
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The meanings are the same. The intention of each is slightly different:
In a) the sentence is describing how fat the person was. The intention is to inform the listener of the extent of the person's "fatness".
In b) the sentence is describing an outcome as a result of the person's "fatness".

If they were answers to questions, the questions would be
A) How fat was he?
B) Why couldn't he get through the door?
 

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Thank you, majestic.
Would (c) sound off?
(c) He couldn't get through the door, he was so fat.
 
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