such


such
such [ sʌtʃ ] function word ***
Such can be used in the following ways:
as a predeterminer (followed by a or an and a singular noun):
She's such an intelligent woman.
It was such a shame that you couldn't be with us.
as a determiner (followed by a plural or uncountable noun):
Such men are dangerous.
We've had such awful weather lately.
as a pronoun:
They want a 10% pay raise such is the scale of their latest demand.
The standard of living was such that someone earning $300 a month was considered rich.
1. ) of the type that is being mentioned:
Why did this tragedy happen here and now? Such questions are easier to ask than to answer.
Surrender? No one would have dared to suggest such a thing.
just such a (=exactly this type of thing): We drank Sergei's special vodka, which he had kept for just such an occasion.
such...as: On such a day as today, it's hard to imagine that things will ever be normal again.
such as: Large and important projects such as this one often take years to develop.
as such: If this is not genuine champagne, it should not be labeled as such.
2. ) used for emphasizing a quality in someone or something or for saying that something is unusual:
She's such a nice person.
How can anyone live on such a small salary?
He has always had such compassion and such concern for others.
If it's such a secret why did you tell me?
3. ) used for saying that a particular type of situation, behavior, action, etc. causes the result that you are mentioning:
such (...) that: He speaks to me in such a way that I always feel he is insulting me.
be such that: Their relationship was such that they spent every possible minute together.
such is/was: Such was Crowther's reputation in the city that no one ever questioned his judgment.
such as to: The countess's treatment of her servants was such as to cause great resentment.
a ) used for emphasizing a particular quality in something or someone by stating its result:
such...that: It was such lovely weather that we decided to spend the day on the beach.
It was such an extraordinary story that no one believed a word of it.
be such that: Their confidence was such that they spent $400,000 on TV advertising for their first album.
...and such SPOKEN
used for showing that you could add other things or people like the ones you have just mentioned:
I always feel so out of place, what with all this talk about computers and such.
as such usually in negatives
used after a noun when you are referring to the usual meaning of the word:
The director pointed out that the zoo provided no entertainment as such.
She's not really a maid as such; she just helps out in the house sometimes.
...or some such
used when you are not sure whether the person or thing you have mentioned is the right one, so you are adding that it may be a similar one:
Some of the dialogue is in Russian or some such language.
He'll probably say his car broke down or give some such excuse.
such (...) as
used for introducing more examples of the type of person or thing that you have just mentioned:
The museum has paintings by such Impressionist artists as Manet and Degas.
The money is used to buy basic foods such as flour, rice, and pasta.
He enjoys team sports such as basketball, football, and volley ball.
There are other things we could do. Such as?
such...as FORMAL
used for emphasizing that something is not enough for a particular purpose:
Such experience as I have is useless in this situation.
Such changes as they made were minor and did not go far enough.
such as it is MAINLY SPOKEN
used for showing that you do not have a good opinion of the thing you have mentioned:
The countries are still allies, but the special relationship, such as it was, ended long ago.
We're trying to sell the furniture, such as it is.
there's no such thing/person as
used for saying that a particular type of thing/person does not exist:
There's no such thing as luck.
I was six when I discovered that there was no such person as Santa Claus.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • Such — Such, a. [OE. such, sich, sech, sik, swich, swilch, swulch, swilc, swulc, AS. swelc, swilc, swylc; akin to OFries. selik, D. zulk, OS. sulic, OHG. sulih, solih, G. solch, Icel. sl[=i]kr, OSw. salik, Sw. slik, Dan. slig, Goth. swaleiks; originally …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • such — W1S1 [sʌtʃ] determiner, predeterminer, pron [: Old English; Origin: swilc] 1.) of the same kind as the thing or person which has already been mentioned ▪ Such behavior is just not acceptable in this school. ▪ The rules make it quite clear what… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • such — 1. such as an emphasizer. • How can the House express its indignant rejection of football hooliganism while setting such a persuasive example of undignified and daily indiscipline? Guardian Weekly, 1986. The construction with such a followed by… …   Modern English usage

  • such — /such/, adj. 1. of the kind, character, degree, extent, etc., of that or those indicated or implied: Such a man is dangerous. 2. of that particular kind or character: The food, such as it was, was plentiful. 3. like or similar: tea, coffee, and… …   Universalium

  • such — [such] adj. [ME suche < OE swilc, swelc, akin to Ger solch, Goth swaleiks < PGmc * swalika : for components see SO1 & LIKE1] 1. a) of the kind mentioned or implied [a man such as his father] b) of the same or a sim …   English World dictionary

  • such as — For example • • • Main Entry: ↑such * * * such as phrase used for introducing more examples of the type of person or thing that you have just mentioned The museum has paintings by such Impressionist artists as Manet and Degas. The money is used… …   Useful english dictionary

  • such — ► DETERMINER , PREDETERMINER , & PRONOUN 1) of the type previously mentioned. 2) (such as/that) of the type about to be mentioned. 3) to so high a degree; so great. ● as such Cf. ↑as such ● …   English terms dictionary

  • such as it is — Being what it is (and no better) • • • Main Entry: ↑such * * * such as it is mainly spoken phrase used for showing that you do not have a good opinion of the thing that you have mentioned The countries are still allies, but the special… …   Useful english dictionary

  • such as it is — Just as it appears or is presented, not being any better or worse than most others of its kind; being average or mediocre. * /This pie, such as it is, is the best I can make./ * /Jane told her grandmother her grades, such as they were./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • such as it is — Just as it appears or is presented, not being any better or worse than most others of its kind; being average or mediocre. * /This pie, such as it is, is the best I can make./ * /Jane told her grandmother her grades, such as they were./ …   Dictionary of American idioms


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