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    the usage of "such"

    Please consider the following sentences:

    1. We have a recruitment policy in place to maintain a fair and effective recruitment
    procedure and under such policy, we normally recruit employees with the appropriate skills suitable for our company.

    2. A meeting of the management committee of our company will be held this Friday and the recruitment policy is expected to be discussed by such committee.

    In the above sentences, should I say "such a policy" and "such a committee" instead?
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    #2

    Re: the usage of "such"

    No.

    Such policy means the policy previously mentioned.
    Such committee
    means the committee previously mentioned.
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    #3

    Re: the usage of "such"

    'Policy' can be uncountable but 'committee' cannot, why is an article not needed before the latter?

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    Re: the usage of "such"

    This is exactly what I wanted to ask.

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    'Policy' can be uncountable but 'committee' cannot, why is an article not needed before the latter?

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    Re: the usage of "such"

    I am not a teacher.

    I don't feel that such refers to something previously mentioned, but rather to something similar to what was previously mentioned.

    In 1. if you mean that the recruitment policy in place is what allows you to recruit the right employees, there is no need for such at all. 'We have a recruitment policy in place to maintain a fair and effective recruitment procedure which is why we normally recruit employees with the appropriate skills suitable for our company'.

    2. either means that the committee that is expected to discuss the recruitment policy is of the same type as the management committee, or it's, 'A meeting of the management committee of our company will be held this Friday and it is expected that the recruitment policy will be discussed'.

    If I wanted to say such I would use the indefinite article in both cases.

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    Re: the usage of "such"

    Interesting, I always thought 'such' is used for referring something previously mentioned. However, I have just checked the dictionaries and there is no such definition!
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    Re: the usage of "such"

    Yes, "such" is used in that way. And it is used without an indefinite article.

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