Anyone can help to explain the meaning of for such actions as ... please? It's from the following context.

Even when automatic archiving is enabled, you can use manual archiving for such actions as rearchiving an inactive group of filled redo log members to another location.

The upper text is from Oracle documentation. If it's too technical, please check the following example, which was found in American Corpus.

Last year, the company unveiled the Jawbone Icon as the first Bluetooth headset with downloadable apps for such actions as voice dialing


The sentence has swapped the words around. Although this is still correct, it is a little confusing. Think of it as "for actions such as" or "for actions like":

... you can use manual archiving for actions such as rearchiving...
... you can use manual archiving for actions like rearchiving.

That might make it clearer.

  • Thanks Thursagen, you answered a lot of my questions. – Yousui Sep 16 '11 at 8:05
  • 1
    Your use of "swapped" suggests that the order in the example is abnormal, but it isn't. I would say the phrase "such nouns as" is just as common as the phrase "such as". – Colin Fine Sep 16 '11 at 15:00
  • @Yousui: I agree with Colin: such actions as is perfectly normal and common. In fact, it is probably stylistically preferable in most cases. – Cerberus_Reinstate_Monica Sep 16 '11 at 16:15
  • @Colin, note that I say it is correct, but can be confusing, like in this case, where Yousui has been confused a little – Thursagen Sep 16 '11 at 20:44
  • @Thursagen: Okay, but I still don't think it is confusing at all to native speakers. – Cerberus_Reinstate_Monica Sep 17 '11 at 0:08

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.