I was studying English in my school.

Today's grammar was about the concept - call(name) such (objective) (noun)

Here are some examples;

We call such people dancers.

People call such music hip-hop.

However, another example said:

We call such a dance flamenco.

Is this grammatically correct?

I am studying in a country which doesn't use English as a home language so I honestly don't trust the curriculum they have here.

Please tell me how this call such ~ works. Is singular possible?

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    "We call such a dance flamengo." is grammatically correct. [Aside: in English we have "flamenco", not "flamengo".]
    – GEdgar
    Dec 10, 2020 at 13:56

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Actually, there is nothing special about call such:

  • We label such people dancers
  • We name such people dancers
  • We term such people dancers
  • We dub such people dancers [rare]

Label, name, term and dub are all verbs of naming (with roughly the same meaning), and they don't have anything special to do with the such. A less formal equivalent of such x is x like that, or that kind of x:

  • We call people like that dancers
  • We call that kind of person a dancer

Such a dance is indeed correct for the singular form. These are just the indefinite singular/plural forms:

  • A dancer dances

  • Dancers dance

  • Such a dancer dances well

  • Such dancers dance well

  • So what you mean is 'We call such a music k-pop' is correct?
    – SKSK
    Dec 10, 2020 at 8:55
  • Unfortunately this is not correct. The reason is that 'music' is an uncountable noun. With uncountable nouns there is no indefinite article, so you say "We call such music..."
    – legatrix
    Dec 10, 2020 at 9:00
  • "Dancers" is a noun.
    – BillJ
    Dec 10, 2020 at 10:17
  • @BillJ ...yes, and?
    – legatrix
    Dec 10, 2020 at 10:19
  • You said they were verbs of naming. Verb doesn't come into it.
    – BillJ
    Dec 10, 2020 at 11:29

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