exist only in fairy tales

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exist only in fairy tales

Post by navi » Tue Aug 20, 2019 4:46 am

Are these sentences correct:

1) They arrested us with such brutality as one can hardly imagine.
2) They performed such acrobatic feats as I had never seen before.
3) He spoke of such things as exist only in fairy tales.


1a) They arrested us with brutality as one can hardly imagine.
2a) They performed acrobatic feats as I had never seen before.
3a) He spoke of things as exist only in fairy tales.

In the second set, I have simply taken the 'such' out of all the sentences.


Gratefully,
Navi
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Re: exist only in fairy tales

Post by Phil White » Thu Aug 22, 2019 8:45 pm

All three sentences really need the "such", but it can also be placed before the "as": " They arrested us with brutality such as one can hardly imagine."

They are all, however, extremely formal and belong to written rather than spoken English.
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