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    Article after [color=red]such[/color]

    Hi guys! I've got a problem with article "a" after word "such" . I can't understand when I should use it and when not.

    For example:

    There was such a nice day
    or
    There was such nice day
    ?
    ?

    Explain me this pls

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    There is only one nice day in question in the sentence, not general nice days so it must be "a" nice day.

    "These days are generally nice". <-- There is no need for 'a' because there is more than one day in question.

    It just follows the general article rule.

    A day --> a nice day --> this is such a nice day. (This one sounds more natural than 'there was such a nice day').

    You wouldn't say 'this is such nice a day" or "this is such nice day". You just have to get used to it until it 'sounds' right.


    This should be moved to the English for Russians forum soon anyway.
    Please correct any Russian language mistakes I make.

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    Re: Article after [color=red]such[/color]

    don't break head though

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    Well, it seems like you should use 'a' all the time after such if a noun is countable. The only exception that comes to my head is the expression: There's no such thing as....

    Even in the old-fashioned way of saying - such a nice day - so nice a day - 'a' should be used.
    "A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read"
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    Quote Originally Posted by ReDSanchous
    Well, it seems like you should use 'a' all the time after such if a noun is countable. The only exception that comes to my head is the expression: There's no such thing as....

    Even in the old-fashioned way of saying - such a nice day - so nice a day - 'a' should be used.
    Always use "a"/"an" after "such" if the noun is single.

    That was such a nice day.
    Those were such nice days.

    That was such an awesome party.
    Those were such awesome parties.

    That was such a big apple.
    Those were such big apples.

    If the noun is uncountable, you can leave out "a"/"an" in some instances.

    That beach had such white sand.
    The pond had such blue water.
    There was such a thick smoke.
    That was such a dense fog.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ReDSanchous
    Well, it seems like you should use 'a' all the time after such if a noun is countable. The only exception that comes to my head is the expression: There's no such thing as....
    "There's no such thing as a free lunch": there are many lunches, but not a single one of them is free. It's no different, I don't think .
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    I meant 'a' before 'thing'....
    "A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read"
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