such - definition and synonyms

determiner, predeterminer, pronoun 

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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 pity 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 rise – such is the scale of their latest demand.The standard of living was such that someone earning £150 a month was considered rich.
  1. 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.

    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 labelled as such.

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  2. 2
    used for emphasizing a quality in someone or something, or for saying that something is unusual

    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?

    She’s such a lovely person.

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  3. 3
    used for saying that a particular type of situation, behaviour, 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.

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    1. a.
      used for emphasizing a particular quality in something or someone by stating its result

      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 £200,000 on TV advertising for their first album.

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