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I know that so, dass/sodass/so dass is used to indicate a result and it often corresponds to English so that. We usually have two clauses where so dass occurs in the middle.

Examples:

Das Wetter war schlecht, so dass wir wenig wandern.

Sein Bein war so steif, dass er kaum gehen konnte.

However, my question isn't about the previous usage.

In PONS dictionary, so, dass is used to introduce many definitions.

Example: Schön is defined:

  1. so, dass es jdm gefällt.

  2. so, dass das Wetter trocken und sonnig (und warm) ist.

I don't understand this usage of so, dass as I don't see an action and its result. How and why is so, dass used here?

  • so, dass = such, that – stackzebra Oct 6 '18 at 10:36
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We usually have two clauses where so dass occurs in the middle.

There is a third use of "so, dass" (with the comma in between):

The words can be used to use a subordinate clause to express how something is:

Die Straße war so, dass man darauf schnell fahren konnte.

Indeed this seems to be a short form of your second example:

Die Straße war so gebaut, dass man darauf schnell fahren konnte.

Now you can use a subordinate clause to replace an adjective:

Das Haus war schön.
Das Haus war so, dass es jmd. gefällt.

This is why "so, dass" is used to describe an adjective.

  • Maybe as a note on pronounciation: in this usage here, the pause between so and dass is usually longer than in the OPs examples. – Jens Oct 18 '18 at 5:56
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I think in this context "so dass" is best translated as "in (such) a way that"

so, dass es jdm gefällt.

so, dass das Wetter trocken und sonnig (und warm) ist.

would be

in (such) a way that it pleases someone

in (such) a way that the weather is dry and sunny (and warm)

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