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    #1

    ''such'' vs ''such a''

    "You must decide the weight and significance, if any, such statements deserve."
    Is there a difference between "such" and "such a", please? If "statements" was in the singular, should I use "such a" or could I use simply "such"?

    "I'd never seen such a film before!"
    In this case, is simply "such" acceptable?

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    Re: ''such'' vs ''such a''

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    "You must decide the weight and significance, if any, such statements deserve."
    Is there a difference between "such" and "such a", please? If "statements" was in the singular, should I use "such a" or could I use simply "such"? such a statement deserves
    Here "such a" means 'that kind of'.

    "I'd never seen such a film before!"
    In this case, is simply "such" acceptable? not to me
    "such film" refers to a specific film. Having now seen it and then talking about it, it would be odd to say "such film".
    I would say, I'd never seen that film before.


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    Re: ''such'' vs ''such a''

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    I had never seen such a film before.
    Hi,
    When I said that I actually had already seen the movie.
    What I meant is that I found the film so good and that I hadn't seen any other film like that one in my entire life.
    Was it a mistake?
    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    I had never seen such a film before.
    Hi,
    When I said that I actually had already seen the movie.
    What I meant is that I found the film so good and that I hadn't seen any other film like that one in my entire life.
    Was it a mistake? No, that sentence with "such a" is okay. See the
    I said I wouldn't say that sentence with "such". Thanks.
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    Re: ''such'' vs ''such a''

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    Thanks.
    Just to make sure I have understood: you would say "I'd never seen such a film before" but you would not say "I'd never seen such film before".
    Thanks again.
    Last edited by jctgf; 05-Aug-2008 at 22:35.

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    Re: ''such'' vs ''such a''

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    Thanks.
    Just to make sure I have understood: you would say "I'd never seen such a film before" but you would not say "I'd never seen such film before".
    Thanks again.
    Yes, when "film" means 'movie', I wouldn't say that.

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    Re: ''such'' vs ''such a''

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    Thanks.
    Just to make sure I have understood: you would say "I'd never seen such a film before" but you would not say "I'd never seen such film before".
    Thanks again.
    If you said "I'd never seen such film before" I would take that to mean you were making a statement as to the actual film stock, i.e. the physical material on which the photo-sensitive emulsion was applied. Be careful, the letter "a" could change the meaning of your sentence. That being said your command of English is very good!

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    Re: ''such'' vs ''such a''

    Quote Originally Posted by poorboy_9 View Post
    If you said "I'd never seen such film before" I would take that to mean you were making a statement as to the actual film stock, i.e. the physical material on which the photo-sensitive emulsion was applied. Be careful, the letter "a" could change the meaning of your sentence. That being said your command of English is very good!
    Yes, that's what I was implying. Because the film poorboy is talking about is noncountable, "a" would not be used. It's like saying, I'd never seen such confusion before.

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    Re: ''such'' vs ''such a''

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    Yes, that's what I was implying. Because the film poorboy is talking about is noncountable, "a" would not be used. It's like saying, I'd never seen such confusion before.
    Hi,
    I am confused again. It's not clear for a non-native.
    "such a" - use it for countable things;
    "such" - use it for noncountable things.

    Is that the rule?
    Thanks.

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    Re: ''such'' vs ''such a''

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    Hi,
    I am confused again. It's not clear for a non-native.
    "such a" - use it for countable things; But only when there is only one countable thing. Remember that "a" means one.
    "such" - use it for noncountable things. and for more than one countable things
    Is that the rule?
    Thanks.
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