Is this sentence grammatically correct: Enlightenment theorists such as Rousseau, Hobbes and Locke . . . I am confused regarding the use of such as. Can it be used for people in academic essays?


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    Please explain why you are confused. I see nothing wrong with this. – chasly from UK Oct 18 '15 at 21:48
  • Well, you can get an objection to just about anything in an academic essay, but in common formal language using "such as" in the fashion you describe is perfectly fine. – Hot Licks Oct 18 '15 at 21:49
  • I am unsure about using it with reference to people. The examples I found mostly deal with things, so I was wondering if it is to be used for people also. – user143301 Oct 18 '15 at 21:50
  • Oh, okay. Yes, you can use 'such' with people. – chasly from UK Oct 18 '15 at 22:09
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    "such as" or "like" may be both used and are as frequent: see ngram usage – Graffito Oct 18 '15 at 22:12

In this context, "... people such as A, B and C." merely means "... people, of which examples are A, B and C." or "people exemplified by A, B and C." As such (meaning "as in these examples") it is clear and correct English and is fit for formal or even legal discussion of people as well as things, circumstances, descriptions or anything else you like.

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