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    #1

    such (with and without "noun")

    Hi everyone,
    This is my first post here.
    Hope my English is improving more.
    I have a couple of questions:

    I have learned that we use 'such'+ 'a/an' + 'adjective'+ 'noun' to give more emphasis to the noun.
    For example:
    this is such a wonderful book.
    They are such amazing teachers.

    Now, would it be possible to use this structure without "an adjective" before noun?
    Examples:
    My daughter is in such a hurry to grow up.
    Why are you in such a hurry to leave?
    Why are you in such a hurry to sell your house?
    Now, what does 'such a hurry' mean in all of those examples where there is no adjective after the noun phrase 'a hurry'?


    So can we say ? "I visited such a city during my trip." or "she is such a teacher.", if so what do all mean?



    Thanks in advanced.

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    Re: such (with and without "noun")

    In some cases, so / such mean something roughly like in that way / of that kind. That is, they refer to the quality or type expressed by the words (adjectives or nouns) that come after them. Here are some more examples. (Note that the second sentences of each pair are intended only to explain the meaning.)

    Why do I feel so tired?
    Why do I feel tired in this way?

    I don't know what you look so pleased about.
    I don't know what you look pleased in that way about.

    I've never been so lonely in my entire life.
    I've never been lonely in this way in my entire life.

    He'd never say such a thing!
    He'd never say a thing of that kind!

    Why are are you in such a hurry?
    Why are you in a hurry of that kind?

    There are few cities where you can do those things, but London is one such city.
    There are few cities where you can do those things, but London is one city of that kind.

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    #3

    Re: such (with and without "noun")

    Quote Originally Posted by newkeenlearner View Post
    My daughter is in such a hurry to grow up.
    Why are you in such a hurry to leave?
    Why are you in such a hurry to sell your house?
    Now, what does 'such a hurry' mean in all of those examples where there is no adjective after the noun phrase 'a hurry'?
    Those are fine.

    such -always used before a noun used to say that something is great in degree, quality, or number
    • I've been such a fool! [=I've been very foolish]
    • How could you believe such nonsense?
    • I've never seen such a (large) crowd here before.
    • Where are you off to in such a rush?
    • The building had deteriorated to such a degree [=so much] that they had to tear it down.
    • I was surprised that the town had changed to such an extent. [=so much]


    http://www.learnersdictionary.com/definition/such.

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