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  • 0:30 Colloquialism
  • 1:16 Idiomatic Expression
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Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

In this lesson, we examine the proper use of 'as such' in a sentence by looking at several examples of correct and incorrect usage of this phrase. Then try your hand at some sample questions.

As Such

Nobel Peace Prize winning medical missionary Albert Schweitzer once said, ''A man is ethical only when life, as such, is sacred to him, that of plants and animals as that of his fellow men, and when he devotes himself helpfully to all life that is in need of help.'' It's a beautiful sentiment, but is it grammatically correct? In this lesson, we'll examine the use of 'as such' and look at examples of its proper use.

Colloquialism

Most often, we see the words 'as such' in place of the word 'therefore' in colloquial use. Colloquial means informal slang. While the meanings of 'as such' and 'therefore' are related, they are not considered synonyms. Synonyms are words or phrases that mean the same thing.

For example:

  • Jaime is always hungry after class, as such, she takes change to buy pretzels in the vending machine.
  • Zachary has not seen his girlfriend all week, as such, he is cooking dinner for her on Saturday night.

These examples of 'as such' make sense and is acceptable during informal, verbal communication. However, they're likely to make your English teacher cringe if attempted in proper, formal speech or writing.

Idiomatic Expression

There is another way that 'as such' may be used, which is a bit more acceptable. 'As such' is considered an idiomatic expression. An idiomatic expression is a literary device in which the words do not retain their literal meaning, but are understood within a culture.

Here are some examples of idiomatic expressions and their meanings:

Hold your horses Wait patiently
Hold your tongue Don't say anything
Tickled pink Happy
Under the weather Ill

In the phrase 'as such,' the word 'such' is a pronoun requiring an antecedent. An antecedent is the word that a pronoun references. For example:

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