Such

'Such' is a commonly used word in English functioning as a determiner, pre-determiner, and pronoun. In this lesson, we will discover more about this word.

How to use "Such" in English Grammar

'Such' is a widely-used vocabulary in English. It is sometimes mixed with 'enough.' In this lesson, I have tried to cover its uses in detail.

Functions of 'Such'

1. 'Such' as a Determiner

Use

'Such' as a determiner stands before a noun and indicates three functions:

  • Something or someone with a great in degree, amount, number, or quality:

I don’t like to read a book in such detail.

It was not in such bad shape.

Such nonsense bugs me.

  • Something is in a specified kind:

Such methods need to be adopted in our educational system.

I don't care about such things.

  • Something has a quality that results in something specified, in this case, we use the formula (such + noun... as/that...)

They had such behavior that/as their kids were afraid.

My mother wanted such thing that nobody could afford.

Position in a Sentence

'Such' as a determiner comes before a plural or a singular noun to describe it. It is important to know that the modified nouns do not take any articles.

My mother wanted such thing that nobody could afford.

I don't care about such things.

2. 'Such' as a Pre-determiner

Use

'Such' as a pre-determiner stands before an article to modify a noun or a noun phrase. It can be used in three ways:

  • Something or someone with a great in degree, amount, number, or quality:

It was not in such a bad shape.

'a bad shape' is described as it means 'in a very bad shape.'

It was such a pleasant surprise.

  • Something of a specified kind:

Such a method needs to be adopted in our educational system.

  • Something has a quality that results in something specified, in this case, we use the formula (such + noun... as/that...):

They had such a bad behavior that/as their kids were afraid.

I was in such a hurry as I missed my bag.

Position in a Sentence

'Such' as a pre-determiner comes before an article and modifies a noun. It is called a pre-determiner because it precedes a determiner that is an article. The modified noun can be plural or singular. For example:

Such a method needs to be adopted in our educational system.

It was such a pleasant surprise.

3. 'Such' as a Pronoun

Use

'Such' as a pronoun is used in formal situations and replaces a noun it refers to. It has two functions:

  • 'Such' as a pronoun is used to refer to a kind or type of person or thing;

It is a severe accident and must be treated as such.

as an accident.

He is an engineer and is paid as such.

  • 'Such' as a pronoun indicates something previously stated or specified:

If such is good, we can proceed.

That is too hard. I need a work of such.

Position in a Sentence

'Such' as a pronoun replaces a noun it refers to, so it can be an object, a subject, etc.

That is too hard. I need a work of such.

It is a severe accident and must be treated as such.

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