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    Such ..... as

    Such a man as has knowledge and skill will get a nice job easily.

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    My question is: can 'as' be replaced with 'who' here?

    If yes, which is more often said, as or who in this case?

    Thank you.

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    Re: Such ..... as

    Quote Originally Posted by LiuJing View Post
    Such a man, as who has knowledge and skills, will get a nice job easily.

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    My question is: can 'as' be replaced with 'who' here?

    If yes, which is more often said, as or who in this case?

    Thank you.
    'As' is not used in this case at all. 'As' would imply comparison: Such a man as Mr.X ...
    'Who' is correct.

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    Re: Such ..... as

    Quote Originally Posted by LiuJing View Post
    Such a man as has knowledge and skill will get a nice job easily.

    ----------------------------------------

    My question is: can 'as' be replaced with 'who' here?

    If yes, which is more often said, as or who in this case?

    Thank you.
    **********NOT A TEACHER **********

    Hello, LiuJing.

    (1) I think that sentences of that kind are beautiful old English.

    (2) I think that the idea is something like:

    Any person who/that has knowledge will get a job easily.

    He/she who has knowledge will get a job easily.

    (3) I searched my books and could find only this example from a

    book written by an expert in the history of English:

    He lent [gave] his antagonist [enemy] such a box [hit] on the ear as/that

    made him stagger [fall] to the other side of the room.

    (4) I am guessing that your sentence is correct with either as or

    that. I do not think that who would be appropriate in this

    "old-fashioned" sentence. Of course, I could be wrong. If I am, I

    apologize.

    Thank you

    *****

    P. S. According to Dr.Curme (the author of that book), the as is a

    relative pronoun in the sentence that I copied. Like that, it refers to

    box.

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    Re: Such ..... as

    Quote Originally Posted by LiuJing View Post
    Such a man as has knowledge and skill will get a nice job easily.

    ----------------------------------------

    My question is: can 'as' be replaced with 'who' here?

    If yes, which is more often said, as or who in this case?

    Thank you.
    Yes, I agree with The Parser. This is very elegant English, more characteristic of an earlier time.

    If you were to use "who," instead, you would have to rewrite it thusly, at least in my opinion:
    "Whoever has knowledge and skill will get a nice job easily."

    "Such a man who has knowledge and skill..." means something else. Here it seems to me that you would be referring to someone specific.
    "Mr. Smith has been training in his field for years. Such a man who has knowledge and skill...."
    This is somewhat awkward but I suppose it could work if you had someone specific in mind.

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