As Such

I’ve been editing a document that had quite a few sentences that began with “As such, …” and I removed most of them because they basically sounded like hoity-toity language and the rest of the sentence stood on its own just fine without this expression.

Bad Example:

This detailed design contains no material changes to the conceptual design. As such, the detailed design scope and costs are consistent with the concept document approved by the Energy Minister.

The whole purpose of the phrase “as such” was negated by repeating the verbiage about the detailed design. Here’s why:

“As such” has two meanings. The first one uses the pronoun “such” to replace an otherwise repetitively redundant expression.

Repetitive Example:

I am an editor, and because I am an editor, I find myself correcting mistakes I see in newspapers, magazines, and books; therefore, I have to make sure I have no pen in my hand when I’m reading a library book.

As Such Example:

I am an editor, and as such I find myself correcting mistakes I see in newspapers, magazines, and books; therefore, I have to make sure I have no pen in my hand when I’m reading a library book.

The pronoun “such” could be used properly in our example to reduce the repetition.

Corrected Example:

This detailed design contains no material changes to the conceptual design, and as such, the scope and costs are consistent with the concept document approved by the Energy Minister.

The second meaning of “as such” is “exactly,” or “intrinsically considered,” as Webster defines it, which basically means “in and of itself.”

Example:

I’m not a Texan as such, having grown up in upstate New York, but I’ve spent most of my adult life in Texas.

So, if you can substitute “exactly” for “as such,” or if “as such” can be substituted for a repetitive phrase, then go ahead and use the expression. If in doubt, leave it out.
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Famous As Such Quote of the Day:

“The first precept was never to accept a thing as true until I knew it as such without a single doubt.”

– Rene Descartes, French mathematician, 1596-1650

2 Responses to “As Such”

  1. petrocomputing Says:

    Cynthia in Houston emailed me a comment:
    “This is a great example because I am one of the worst sinners for using this expression! Thank you for the tip; I will refrain from using it as you suggest in your last line!”

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