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…”
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…