Re: "Such as" incorrect?

Subject: Re: "Such as" incorrect?
From: Beverly Parks <bparks -at- HUACHUCA-EMH1 -dot- ARMY -dot- MIL>
Date: Tue, 18 Jul 1995 10:58:46 MST

Dan 'Fergus' Roberts <droberts -at- PANIX -dot- COM> asked-->
> An English professor once explained to me why the phrase "nouns such as
> noun, noun, noun" was incorrect and "such nouns as noun, noun, noun" was
> correct.

> Can anyone here grasp the difference and explain it to me?
I checked my AHD. According to *it*, your English professor was
wrong! Under the entry for "such," the very last group of
definitions are for "such as":

1. For example. 2. Of the stated or implied kind or degree;
similar; like: *a statement such as this*.

Possible reasons (which I've made up) to support both
constructions are as follows:

The AHD entry: For some reason we shouldn't split the words
"such as".

Your English professor: Examples presented using "such as" can
be only singular in concept. So "such as A, B, and C" is not
allowed because A, B, and C are three distinct entities, but
"such LETTERS as A, B, and C" is okay because "letters" is a
single concept.

Honestly, I wasn't smokin' nothin'! (But I am about to overdose
on apostrophes.)

=*= Beverly Parks =*= bparks -at- huachuca-emh1 -dot- army -dot- mil =*=
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