Jag behöver gå ner i vikt, så jag håller på med en diet.

English Translation

I have to lose weight, so I’m going on a diet.

Shouldn’t it be “…så håller jag på med…” because of v2 rule?

Interesting question! As a native Swedish speaker, I can say with certainty that v2 does not apply here. You can contrast this to “Eftersom jag behöver gå ner i vikt (så) håller jag på med en diet”. I think the difference is that the latter case has a strong connection between the subclasuses, whereas the sentence at hand consists of two main clauses joined together.

this is a perfect explanation, thanks so much!

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