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So nach 2 Stunden standen meine Frau und meine Kinder auf, um das Frühstück zuzubereiten.

Like after 2 hours my wife and my kids woke up to make breakfast.

Based on my book "so" has many meanings in German one of those is "such". Is "so" correct in that context?

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closed as unclear what you're asking by Em1, Wrzlprmft, Baz, c.p., Vogel612 Jan 8 '14 at 6:14

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Off-topic: What does "like after 2 hours" look like in correct English? – teylyn Jan 7 '14 at 3:24
What's so important about so meaning such? – Em1 Jan 7 '14 at 7:38
I agree with @teylyn, it's not clear what you're asking. The "like" can be omitted in your example in English and it adds nothing, unless you clarify your exact meaning. – Gigili Jan 7 '14 at 7:54
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In colloquial German we can use so for expressing inaccuracy. The usage is similar to the English like.


So nach 2 Stunden ist die Prüfung fertig.
Eine neue Dichtung kostet so 2 bis 3 Euro.
Meine Eltern wohnen so 100 km weit weg.

In all cases the adverb (e.g. circa, ungefähr, etwa, ...) was omitted in colloquial speech.

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Ich würde sagen "Nach etwa (oder circa) 2 Stunden..." oder "Etwa / circa 2 Stunden später / danach..."

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This does not answer the question. We were asked whether "so" can be used similar to the English colloquial "like". – Takkat Jan 7 '14 at 7:32

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