1) Tom was the man Jane so loved.
2) Tom was the man Jane loved so.
 
Those would normally mean "loved so much", but couldn't they also mean "loved in that way"?
 
Would these work:

3) Jane loved a lot of men, but her love was never sexual except in one case. Tom was the  only man Jane loved so/so loved.
 
4) Jane loved a lot of men, but she never loved anyone in the real sense of the word. Tom was the only man Jane loved so/so loved.
 
Gratefully,
Navi
 
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navi posted:
1) Tom was the man Jane so loved.
2) Tom was the man Jane loved so.
 
Those would normally mean "loved so much", but couldn't they also mean "loved in that way"?

Hello, Navi,

Yes, I think both interpretations are possible. "So loved [someone/something]" reminds me of the King James translation of John 3:16: "For God so loved the word, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." There I believe "so loved" must be interpreted as "so much." He didn't love the world in such a way that he gave his only begotten son. Rather, he loved the world so much that he gave his only begotten son."

navi posted:
Would these work:

3) Jane loved a lot of men, but her love was never sexual except in one case. Tom was the  only man Jane loved so/so loved.
 
4) Jane loved a lot of men, but she never loved anyone in the real sense of the word. Tom was the only man Jane loved so/so loved.
 

Yes, Navi, I don't see any reason why not. The "that" in the "in that way" meaning of "so" here takes its meaning from the context.

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