Is it proper grammar to use "such as" with proper names? For example:

"Studio musicians, such as Jimmy Page ..."

"Like" wouldn't work since it is ambiguous, yet "such as" just doesn't seem correct to me. That is, can a person be a "such?"

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    Welcome to EL&U. Like and such as are perfectly fine here, and a simple web search should confirm a plethora of contemporary examples of both such as Jimmy page (e.g. BBC), and like Jimmy Page (e.g. Rolling Stone). Is there a particular rule or guideline you were taught that such is only used with the inanimate? I'm afraid I'm quite unclear on your question. – choster May 21 '18 at 23:29
  • Actually, studio musicians, like Jimmy Page, . . . is fine. Most people would not interpret it ambiguously. (And if you remove the commas—to say that studio musicians have good feelings towards him—that meaning isn't ambiguous either.) – Jason Bassford May 22 '18 at 1:39

Yes, it is OK to use "such as" in this context. Especially when you are naming or listing people as examples of a particular characteristic (studio musicians, in this case). And avoids the potential ambiguity.

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