” ‘Such’ amount” or ” ‘such an’ amount”?

Is there any difference between them!? If you google both: 1 and 2, the amount of retrieved results are very similar. I’d like to know if there’s any (grammar) rule that makes it clear when to use an after such.

PS: I used amount only as a means of an illustrative example.

UPDATE (example using such [an] amount of money):

  • “provisions shall be deemed such an amount of money or indebtedness as bears the same proportion”

  • “on and after 2011, such amount of money as may be authorized by the Secretary of the Defense may be withheld temporarily…”

Answer

Such an interesting question! Such thought-provoking remarks in the comments beneath the question!

Such comments make me wonder, what is the best way to answer such a query? Maybe a few things need to be addressed first, such as:

  • What is the meaning of such?
  • How is it used in conversation and such?
  • What is grammatical, and what sounds natural?

A good online dictionary, such as Wordnik, might help. There, we can find such a great number of meanings and examples, that it will become readily apparent that such a question is not so easily answered. English can be such a hard thing to fully grasp, particularly when dealing with such words – words that can be used in such a myriad of ways! After all, many words, though but one word, can be used as different parts of speech: adjectives, adverbs, pronouns and such; such is one such word.

Really, Ivan, you should go visit such a website, and behold the diverse ways such a simple word can be used. Such a curious man is bound to learn something from such a great smattering of examples!

which is to say, there’s no EASY way to tell when to use “such”, and when to use “such a” – the word is simply too flexible to nail down in such a fashion…

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