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I have a question about the sentence "liked to do things in such a way as would make them seem magical and occult" from the novel "Waterland" that was written by Graham Swift. Link here.

Below is the sentence in which I have a question.

And my father, who was a superstitious man, liked to do things in such a way as would make them seem magical and occult.

I know from the Oxford Dictionaries that "such ... as ..." above means

such

  1. Of the type about to be mentioned

But I don't know which meaning of the word "of" is used in this explanation. I am not very clear about "of the type" in the explanation.

Is the word "as" a conjunction in the sentence "in such a way as would make them seem magical and occult"?

Which meaning of the word "as" is used in the sentence "in such a way as would make them seem magical and occult"?

  • Do you know what a preposition is in English? – P. E. Dant Sep 1 '16 at 6:11
  • @P.E.Dant "at" is a preposition. – Li Xiaodong Sep 1 '16 at 6:44
  • And what about "of?" – P. E. Dant Sep 1 '16 at 6:45
  • Is the word "of" a preposition in "Of the type about to be mentioned"? Thank you very much for your help. – Li Xiaodong Sep 1 '16 at 6:47
  • In a way that would make them seem magical – V.V. Sep 1 '16 at 6:50
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He liked to do things in such a way as would make them seem magical.

You can replace "in such a way as" in the above sentence with:

He liked to do things in a way that would make them seem magical.

"in such a way as" would mean: in this particular way that...

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    Is the clause "as would make them seem magical and occult" an attributive clause that modifies "a way" in the sentence "liked to do things in such a way as would make them seem magical and occult"? – Li Xiaodong Sep 2 '16 at 10:08
  • I wouldn't say it modifies "a way". Here is a link that could probably help you further: goo.gl/nJECzM – Setily Sep 5 '16 at 14:54
  • What does the clause "as would make them seem magical and occult" modify in the sentence "liked to do things in such a way as would make them seem magical and occult"? Thank you so much for your help. – Li Xiaodong Sep 6 '16 at 10:16

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