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as such as the word is usually understood; in the exact sense of the word: The new job is not a promotion as such, but it has good prospects. ‘Well, did they offer it to you?’ ‘No, not as such, but they said I had a good chance.’
"The new job is not a promotion as such, but..."
Can I say The new job is actually not a promotion, but... instead?
Thanks a lot, PROESL.
Do you normally use "not something as such, but ... " in writing?
Anything in spoken language could possibly be used in writing. It's just that writing is often viewed as conforming more to standards and conventions of more formal language. This really depends on the kind of writing, however. More writing is informal than some people would like to imagine, but informal writing, generally, should conform to standards and conventions. I know because I correct business emails in real life, not just online virtual life. Business writing does not necessarily mean formal writing. It does, however, mean correct writing and professional writing. There is a lot of writing for which one must reserve a more formal style, but this idea should be balanced with an understanding for what is practical in each situation - or circumstance. I'm about to start correcting writing for a person who is writing a periodic review for an employee. Now, as well as correct grammar, that requires a more formal style, though not overly formal.
There are no restrictions on particular phrases or sentences that one can use in writing. It's a matter of what makes sense and what is appropriate. Many zealous language critics offer advice within the boundaries of that which is only formal. This is not practical, and it has the tendency to mildly rankle my nerves when I happen to encounter it.