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I'd like to know whether "so" or "such" is correct in the following:

  1. Those actors were not hired because they all looked indistinct or were regarded as such.
  2. Those actors were not hired because they all looked indistinct or were considered / regarded so.

I'd appreciate your help.

  • The sentence is unclear. Were the actors hired or not? What is it that you're trying to say? Were they not hired because they looked indistinct? Or were they hired because each had a very memorable face? – Tᴚoɯɐuo Jan 1 '19 at 14:09
  • They were not hired. That's because they looked indistinct. – Apollyon Jan 1 '19 at 14:10
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    Not clear what "regarded as indistinct" would mean. Thought to have faces that were easy to forget? – Tᴚoɯɐuo Jan 1 '19 at 14:13
  • Maybe they were not really indistinct. Anyway, is (b) okay? – Apollyon Jan 1 '19 at 14:14
  • @Tᴚoɯɐuo: I can't see that whether they were hired or not makes any difference to the so / such choice being queried here. – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Jan 1 '19 at 14:47
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as such is a rather clumsy way of referring to the adjective predicated of them, indistinct. Normally it would refer to a noun predicated of them.

... because they looked like thugs, or had been typecast as such.

so is used to refer back to an adjectival modifier:

Because he was in favor of the amendment, or at least thought to be so, he lost the election.

But you cannot use regard in place of "thought to be":

Because he was in favor of the amendment, or at least regarded so not idiomatic, he lost the election.

But you can swap the order and then it's OK because then so becomes adverbial rather than a substitute for the adjective-phrase :

Because he was in favor of the amendment, or at least so regarded, he lost the election.

Or

A dung-pit, my lord Kassapa, is a filthy place; filthy in fact, and so regarded; foul-smelling in fact, and so regarded; disgusting in fact, and so regarded; repulsive in fact, and so regarded.

World of the Buddha: An Introduction to Buddhist Literature edited with commentaries by Lucien Stryk. New York, 1968.

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