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My mother language is not English, so please give me a clear explanation of what does "of such" mean in this sentence? I could not find an equivalent in my language. The sentence is:

encourage humans to overeat and sells them pharmaceuticals to alleviate the negative consequences of such a gluttonous diet.

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    It's not "of such". It's "consequences of [such a gluttonous] diet". Nov 18, 2018 at 16:54
  • If your native language is not English you should be posting on English Language Learners, not here.
    – David
    Nov 18, 2018 at 20:36
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    @David: Nonsense. Most of the posts here on ELU are from non-native speakers, mostly English students having trouble with the usual rotten teachers and textbooks. Nov 18, 2018 at 21:32
  • @JohnLawler — So they are posting to the wrong list, and anyone who answers rather than redirecting them is encouraging them. I quote "ELU…is a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists and serious English language enthusiasts".
    – David
    Nov 18, 2018 at 23:46
  • Welcome to SE! Could you give us the whole sentence, please? Also, why did you use the british-english tag? This doesn't appear to be limited to British English...
    – miltonaut
    Nov 19, 2018 at 1:07

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“Of such” is not one word. It is not part of the same construction either.

The general sentence:

Encourage humans to overeat and sells them pharmaceuticals to alleviate the negative consequences of (Object).

Here, the object is (such a gluttonous diet). This is referring to the diet that was just mentioned in the text. You can replace the (Object) with something else as well.

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  • Exactly. As we say in syntax, of such is not a constituent of the sentence. It turns out that grammar only applies to constituents, not to random series of words. Nov 19, 2018 at 4:04
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'Of such a [thing]' means 'of a thing of the particular type just described'. The consequences of such a gluttonous diet are the consequences of the type of diet just described.

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