Is it possible for "such as" to modify a whole sentence?


At times, his life is threatened, such as when he had to climb down the tunnel submerged in water.

Is it grammatical? Is it natural use?

  • I would take that such ... as ... to modify times: "His life is threatened at such times as [the time] when he had to &c". Commented Jul 22, 2016 at 15:18
  • @StoneyB Is it ungrammatical for "such as" to modify a sentence or a clause? Commented Jul 22, 2016 at 15:23
  • @StoneyB I found this sentence on COCA: His work on the seventh floor of a drab building in the Brussels suburbs can be exciting, such as when he was translating documents on the official EU position on Ukraine during the Kyiv protests in 2014. I don't think it's modifying a noun? Commented Jul 22, 2016 at 15:34
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    In that case you're dealing with a colloquial use of such as = for instance; but in formal use I'd just use as, without such. Commented Jul 22, 2016 at 15:38

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I think there's nothing wrong with the sentence presented by the OP. Look at another example as follows:

When I get tired, such as when I am working on my computer, I turn to biscuits (Collins Dictionary).

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