Such As; Such [Noun Phrase] As

These two sentences are not the same:

  1. We visited churches such as Holy Trinity and St John’s.
  2. We visited such churches as Holy Trinity and St John’s.

In the former, the main point (formerly unknown) is that the speaker and his group visited churches (a few examples being included); in the latter, the hearer already expects that the speaker visited churches, and the main point is to name a few of those churches.

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One response to “Such As; Such [Noun Phrase] As

  1. I disagree. What would unequivocally create the former meaning is: “We visited churches, such as Holy Trinity and St. John’s.” Written as is with no comma, #1’s main point could be the former or the latter.

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