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    aysaa is offline Senior Member
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    Default no such (a)

    Hello,

    I would like to ask if I can use:

    1. ''I did no such thing!'' or ''I did no such a thing''.

    2. ''There's no such person'' or ''there's no such a person''.

    3. ''You have no such record'' or ''you have no such a record''.

    In short, I would like to ask if I must ''a'' after ''such'' or not. And I would like to ask if the first sentences without ''a'' are OK or not. (In my poor opinion, with ''a'' OK)

    Thnaks.

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    Default Re: no such (a)

    They all sound better without 'a', and I can't think of a context where the inclusion of 'a' would be preferable.

    Rover

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    Default Re: no such (a)

    I'll go stronger than that and say they are wrong with an "a." Completely unnatural.

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    Default Re: no such (a)

    The tendency of some students to want to add an 'a' is due to (!) the fact that they have heard it in 'not such a...'. But 'not such a thing' is rarely right. On the other hand the informal 'not such a bad thing' is fine.

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