How to use ‘such as’ correctly

We use ‘such as’ to give an example or examples that corroborate what we’re saying or writing. It’s a formal expression used in giving accurate information when explaining a point.

When we use this phrase to give a singular example in writing, we don’t need a comma before it; when we use it for multiple examples, a comma is needed.


  1. Educational institutions such as Temple Schools provide comprehensive education.
  2. Monica couldn’t afford the basic necessities such as shelter.
  3. It’s better to use natural remedies, such as exercise, organic food and water to treat most diseases.
  4. Indians patronise good car brands, such as Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, Toyota, Mahindra and Tata Motors.

Note: avoid the use of such as when you want to compare, use like instead.

Also read ‘such as’ and ‘like: which is appropriate?




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